The All-Star guard’s future is a well-liked matter in gentle of Golden State’s sudden present struggles.

Having been 10-1 earlier in November, the back-to-back defending NBA champions have misplaced 5 of their final seven together with all of their final three on the highway to the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs.

Two of their key gamers, Durant and Draymond Inexperienced had an enormous on-court bust-up throughout an additional time loss to the LA Clippers.

It has been reported by The Undefeated that Inexperienced questioned Durant’s loyalty to the franchise with the two-time Finals MVP in a position to hit the free company market in the summertime. 

Given their vastly-superior roster, Golden State are nonetheless anticipated to romp to a fourth title within the final 5 years and obtain the well-known ‘three-peat’.

However the Warriors’ core may very well be damaged up with Durant probably leaving the Bay Space in the summertime of 2019.

The Lakers are one in every of few groups with the cap house to supply a max contract to the 30-year-old with a view to workforce him up with LeBron James and kind a real challenger to the Warriors’ dominance.

And ESPN’s NBA skilled Smith believes leaving the Californian coast is an actual chance for Durant – who may additionally develop into the brand new main star in New York with the Knicks given the problem of reviving a well-known franchise.

He informed Get Up! on ESPN: “I don’t assume it will likely be an issue for the Warriors this season. I believe it’s the final that we’ve seen of those two [Durant and Green] collectively for this season. 

“You’re going to go for it, attempt to win a 3rd consecutive championship and get the ‘three-peat’ as a result of that’s vital to them and that’s positively the case. 

“I believe as soon as the season is over, Kevin Durant goes to be gone. I don’t know that for positive. I haven’t spoken to him clearly. 

“However I’m telling you – I don’t consider that he’s going to be there after this season. And I believe that everyone knew that coming into this season which is what instigated the proceedings between Draymond and Durant. 

“Draymond dealt with it incorrect and shouldn’t have gone at him in a huddle in a sport main into additional time loss, to deliver one thing like that alongside the strains of, ‘Get on up out of right here proper now, we don’t want you. We received championships earlier than you bought right here, we’ll win after you’re gone.’ 

“That form of factor, I believe was a bit bit extreme. However however I believe it speaks to the extent of frustration that exists throughout the franchise to a point as a result of they walked into this season pondering they have been a band of brothers, they have been collectively they usually have been going to be collectively for a very long time. 

“When Kevin Durant didn’t re-up for the long run, I believe it left indications since you heard concerning the Lakers and the New York Knicks, I believe that rubbed some folks up the incorrect manner. 

“I believe you noticed the residue of that basically come out and present itself. That’s why Steph Curry got here off the highway and travelled with the workforce regardless that he’s clearly not wholesome to play. 

“Steve Kerr wants all the assistance he can get proper now. As nice of a coach as he’s, generally that form of friction means a coach shouldn’t be sufficient. 

“That is the start of the tip for the Warriors however they’re so nice that they’re going to deal with their enterprise and shut on a chip.”

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