After a November overtime road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II reported that Golden State Warriors superstars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green got into a heated confrontation.
The argument stemmed from Green turning the ball over in the waning seconds of regulation, rather than pass the ball to a wide open Durant. Golden State lost in overtime, which prompted KD and teammates to berate Green for making the late-game mistake that led to the loss.
Green reportedly questioned Durant about his upcoming free agency status, and warned the reigning NBA Finals MVP that the Warriors were already a great team before he arrived.
And even though both players have downplayed the drama, some fans and pundits can't help but wonder if the Warriors dynasty is on the verge of breaking up. Golden State will have to give Klay Thompson a long-term extension, and they simply won't be able to afford both Durant (a free agent in 2019), and Green (a free agent in 2020).
With that, rumors have began to swirl that Durant is going to sign elsewhere in the offseason. But if he stays, the Warriors could either look to trade Green or simply walk in free agency after the 2019-20 season. And so, it's time to play the fun game and start looking at some possible suitors for both players.
Here, we're taking a look at five teams that would want Durant, and five that would like Green. On the flip side, here are five teams that would want to stay away from each player.
20 Want Kevin Durant: Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks have all been mentioned as possible landing spots for Kevin Durant. If the reigning NBA Finals MVP wants to find a new challenge - especially on a big market team - then why not the Clippers?
Los Angeles will have the cap space to sign two players to the super max free agent deals. Durant will surely want to consider joining a Clippers team that's among the best in the West right now. And if he knows the Clippers will add another superstar - perhaps Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard - then KD might not be able to refuse the opportunity to join Doc Rivers' team.
19 Want Draymond Green: Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have been linked to a handful of superstar players via trade in the past, including Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and more recently Anthony Davis. Team president Danny Ainge hasn't been willing to deal his young assets in the past, but perhaps he'll finally do it if it means getting Green.
The Celtics are among the NBA's top defensive teams, and adding a superstar like Green would only make their unit more championship-caliber. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are a nice starting duo, but the Celtics are lacking that third All-Star player - unless Jayson Tatum and/or Jaylen Brown can take it to another level soon.
Green would significantly bolster the Celtics chances at a championship. For the Warriors, they'd get either Brown or Tatum, plus maybe Al Horford and a draft pick in return. It'd be a huge win for both teams.
18 Avoid Kevin Durant: Oklahoma City Thunder
Yes, Kevin Durant was the franchise star of the Oklahoma City Thunder for nine years. It was highlighted by a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals and 2014 league MVP award. But Durant burned a lot of bridges when he left his team to join the powerhouse Warriors, and the relationship is beyond repair right now.
Durant and Russell Westbrook probably wouldn't play nice again. And with the Thunder already paying a lot of money to Paul George and Westbrook, there's no way they could afford Durant.
Unless, of course, they were willing to trade one of the two superstars. And that won't happen. The Thunder and Durant are no longer friends, so there's no way he returns to Oklahoma City thunder next year.
17 Avoid Draymond Green: New York Knicks
Like the Lakers and Clippers, the Knicks have been linked to just about every major free agent in 2019. They likely won't get Kyrie Irving or Kawhi Leonard, but the Knicks are expected to be in play for Kevin Durant.
Trading for Green would only hurt the Knicks' chances of winning the Durant sweepstakes. If the latter leaves Golden State, he'll certainly not be willing to reunite with Green elsewhere. If anything else, his blowup with Green will be a reason why Durant leaves Golden State.
The Knicks also have a superstar up front in Kristaps Porzingis. The goal should be to supply him with elite shooters and playmakers. A guy like Durant or Irving should be on their list, not Green.
16 Want Kevin Durant: New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans desperately need to add a new superstar if they want to convince Anthony Davis to stay. He can opt out of his contract after the 2019-20 season, and though it's unknown what his future plans are, it's hard to envision Davis staying if his supporting cast remains mediocre.
Imagine if the Pelicans found a way to woe Durant over. He and Davis would be one of the greatest and most dominant scoring duos in recent memory. Durant might like the idea of playing with another superstar.
And don't worry about New Orleans not being a huge market compared to Los Angeles or New York. He spent nearly a decade with the small market Thunder team.
15 Want Draymond Green: Phoenix Suns
The Suns look destined to pick in the top-three once again this year. There's a nice young core in place, consisting of Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and Deandre Ayton. But eventually, the Suns have to make a big trade or signing in order to avoid the Western Conference basement.
If Golden State were to trade Green, they'd want some quality assets in return. The Suns can certainly offer that; perhaps a package built around either Ayton, Jackson and/or T.J. Warren, plus draft selections.
If the Suns could team up Booker with Green, they would have a playoff contender set in place. The price would obviously be high, but at some point, the Suns need to get aggressive and look at getting a player like Green.
14 Avoid Kevin Durant: Boston Celtics
The Celtics are already building up a championship contender, and they'll be in prime contention to win multiple titles once the Warriors dynasty breaks up. With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward leading the way, Boston is set up for a big run.
But if they trade for Durant, GM Danny Ainge would have to give up a ton just to bring on the 30-year-old. He'd have to trade Hayward or Irving to save cap room. One of Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum would have to go, since both will sign long-term extensions down the road.
Yes, Durant would be a fine add. But the Celtics would be dismantling a bulk of their loaded roster just to take him on. There are other guys they can look at.
13 Avoid Draymond Green: Miami Heat
The Miami Heat are enduring one of their worst seasons in recent memory, and given their lengthy winning tradition, it's easy to think the front office will try to go all in and compete for next year.
But if the Heat were to target Draymond Green, they'd be giving up a ton of huge assets. This would have to include Josh Richardson and perhaps Hassan Whiteside, plus draft picks.
Miami doesn't need to rebuild, but they can't completely blow up this core, which features some young talent. Green isn't going to be enough to turn their franchise around, so the Heat need to avoid the temptation.
12 Want Kevin Durant: New York Knicks
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith recently reported that the Lakers and Knicks are the early favorites to get Kevin Durant. Why wouldn't the Knicks want the 2014 league MVP and two-time NBA Champion? Durant would be everything this franchise has dreamed of since Patrick Ewing left.
The Knicks already have one franchise star in Kristaps Porzingis. Pair him up with Durant, and the Knicks suddenly look like a championship contender. And don't underestimate KD's ability to recruit another superstar to the Big Apple, perhaps Jimmy Butler or even Kyrie Irving.
If Durant wants to have the legacy of fixing a terrible franchise, and if he has the desire to play in a big market, then the Knicks have everything to offer. This would be the perfect addition for a long-struggling franchise that hasn't given its fans much to cheer about in the 21st century.
11 Want Draymond Green: Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly keen on re-signing All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, who could enter free agency this offseason. If Charlotte manages to retain Walker, the goal will be to build around their top player.
Charlotte might not have all the assets to get Green alone, so they'd probably have to get a third team involved. But imagine pairing the defensive All-Star Green with a big-time playmaker in Walker. That would put the Hornets right into contention in the Eastern Conference.
A package built around Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might be enough to make the trade work. If the Hornets are looking for another star to complement Walker, then Green is the guy.
10 Avoid Kevin Durant: Houston Rockets
If the Rockets were to sign Kevin Durant in free agency, it would have to mean trading either James Harden or Chris Paul. There's absolutely no way the Rockets would be able to afford all three superstars.
Why would GM Daryl Morey want to trade any of those two superstars to begin with? Harden is the reigning MVP and face of the franchise, while Paul continues to perform at an All-Star level at the age of 33.
Houston won 65 games last season and fell just one game short of reaching the NBA Finals. That's the type of core a team should be looking to keep together. Trading one of their two superstars just to add Durant would be risky. There is no reason to mess with team chemistry here, really.
9 Avoid Draymond Green: San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs might be feeling the urge to make a big move soon. Despite a strong season from newcomer DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs are below .500 and look poised to miss the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
San Antonio would have to sacrifice a ton to pry away Green from the Spurs. If not DeRozan or All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, a package consisting of Patty Mills, Rudy Gay and a bundle of draft picks would have to be included. Again, that might not be enough.
As good as Green is, he simply won't make the Spurs a championship contender again. They can't afford to gut the roster for one guy.
8 Want Kevin Durant: Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to just about every superstar since winning the LeBron James sweepstakes this past offseason. But for Magic Johnson, his main goal has to be to try and recruit Kevin Durant.
As noted earlier, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said the Lakers are among the favorites to recruit Durant. Smith also said in the offseason that James reached out to Durant about possibly teaming up together in Laker Land.
Perhaps KD likes the idea of playing with the best player of his era. They'd surely win multiple championships together, and Durant would be playing for a historic franchise in a huge market. What isn't there to like?
7 Want Draymond Green: Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the bigger surprises thus far in 2018-19, thanks to the emergence of rookie Luka Doncic. Marc Stein of the New York Times recently talked to Bill Simmons on the latter's podcast and said the Mavericks want to make a trade in order to make a push for the playoff chances.
Well, wouldn't Draymond Green be quite the add for this promising young core? Dallas could offer up DeAndre Jordan in such a deal. He'd be a cheaper add for Golden State (assuming he signs an extension there), and would slot in nicely as their center. Dallas would also have to offer up some draft choices, but it would absolutely be worth it.
If the Mavericks want to go for it now, why not try to make a move for Green, whose time in Golden State is running up?
6 Avoid Kevin Durant: Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers already made their move when they traded for Minnesota Timberwolves superstar guard Jimmy Butler. With Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Butler leading the way, Philadelphia is already in championship contention.
Though the 76ers have the cap space to sign Durant this offseason, it jeopardizes their chances of keeping Butler. With Simmons and Embiid needing lucrative extensions in the near future, GM Elton Brand needs to save all the cap space he can.
Keep in mind Durant will be 31 years of age next year, whereas Embiid and Simmons are only 24 and 22, respectively. Philly needs to re-sign Butler and build around their young core. Stay away from Durant, Mr. Brand. You can win without him.
5 Avoid Draymond Green: Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season. With Giannis Antetokounmpo playing at an MVP-like level, the Bucks are set to make some serious noise for years to come.
Besides 'The Greek Freak', Milwaukee is also complemented by Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton. With Antetokounmpo leading the way, Milwaukee has no reason to change it up front.
If the Bucks were to acquire Green, they'd have to give up at least two of Bledsoe, Brogdon and Middleton, along with draft picks. The price isn't worth it. The Bucks need to stick with what they have and ride it out. There's no reason to sacrifice everything for Green at this time.
4 Want Kevin Durant: Golden State Warriors
Don't let that whole blowup argument thing with Draymond Green fool you. The Golden State Warriors absolutely need to retain Kevin Durant if their championship window is to remain open long-term.
If Durant doesn't go to the Lakers, you can sure as heck bet that Magic Johnson will find a way to bring one or two other stars to join LeBron James - perhaps Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and/or Jimmy Butler.
Yes, the Warriors were already great before KD arrived. But there's no replacing a generational player of his caliber. If he stays in Golden State, you can hand them the 2020 and 2021 NBA Championships. If Durant leaves, it's possible the window closes after 2019.
So yeah, it's crucial for the Warriors to find a way to retain Durant.
3 Want Draymond Green: Los Angeles Clippers
Because many superstars don't want to team up with LeBron James in Los Angeles, the Clippers have a major advantage when free agency looms. They'll be in contention for Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and/or Jimmy Butler this year.
But if the Warriors manage to keep Durant this offseason, they'll have to pay him top dollar. On top of that, All-Star Klay Thompson will be due a massive contract extension, which means they'll have to trade Green.
Golden State will definitely prioritize Durant over Green, and the Clippers would be able to offer up a good package for him. Could Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and draft picks get it done? Maybe the Clippers would sacrifice Tobias Harris if they manage to sign one or two of the top free agents in 2019?
Adding Green to this current core would put the Clippers right back in title contention. But they'll have every incentive to trade for him if they already land a guy like Leonard or Butler in free agency.
2 Avoid Kevin Durant: Toronto Raptors
It's been widely reported that if Kawhi Leonard leaves the Toronto Raptors, it'll be to join one of his two hometown Los Angeles-based teams. However, it's believed that Leonard doesn't want to play alongside LeBron James, which leaves the Clippers as the best bet to win him over.
So if Leonard doesn't want to join LeBron in Laker Land, why would he want to stay with the Raptors if Durant were to come aboard? MasaI Ujiri is doing everything he can to woe Leonard over and keep him in Toronto beyond this season. If he recruits a superstar to take over the offense, Leonard won't want to stay.
It's unlikely that KD would want to come to Toronto anyway, given the amount of big market teams that will vie for his services. But anywho, the Raptors' goal should be to sign Leonard long-term, but push him out by trying to add another superstar. They already have one.
1 Avoid Draymond Green: Los Angeles Lakers
There are a great deal of superstars for Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson to target. Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard are among the many big names.
But Draymond Green is somebody that the Lakers should stay away from. He's a defensive stalwart, and simply wouldn't fix the dynamic of a LeBron-led offense. James needs pure playmakers and big-time scorers to help him in Los Angeles.
Also, the Green-KD feud will be hard for James and Johnson to ignore. LeBron has avoided locker room drama in his career, and he won't want to deal with a player like Green that's prone to lashing out. That, coupled with his style of play, is why the Lakers need to look at other options.