Kevin Durant's confrontation with Draymond Green on Monday may lead to more severe consequences than anybody could have imagined.
According to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, one Warriors player said that Durant isn't going to stick with Golden State after this season - that the reigning NBA Finals MVP will sign elsewhere in free agency.
"With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back," the unnamed player said. "The only hope is that they can say this summer, 'See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.'"
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears reported that the confrontation stemmed from Green's last-second turnover in Monday's road game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant and other Warriors berated Green for not giving the former the ball for a game-winning shot.
The Warriors had gone on a 16-3 run to close out the fourth quarter and force overtime, but the Clippers held off another vintage Golden State rally and pulled away with a 121-116 victory.
Citing sources, Thompson also reported that Green "reminded Durant the Warriors were winning before Durant showed up so he wouldn’t stand for Durant talking to him as if he were a scrub."
What This Means
And with that, perhaps the fractures in the Golden State organization are beginning to show. Even though this team has won three championships in the last four years, it sounds as though at least two of their superstars aren't capable of co-existing anymore.
Durant's looming free agency has been a hot topic around the NBA over the last couple of months. The 30-year-old hasn't offered many hints as to what he may do, and perhaps that's creating a more tense environment in the locker room.
Unless Durant and Green can settle their differences soon, it sounds like the Warrior dynasty will lose one of its star players in the near future.