Kyrie Irving, late of the Boston Celtics, and Kevin Durant, late of the Golden State Warriors, have reportedly met twice to discuss spending their on-the-court futures together.
According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, Irving and Durant’s first meeting about playing together in the future took place in the San Francisco area while Durant was sidelined from the playoffs with a strained calf. Their second meeting happened in New York after Durant’s ruptured Achilles had been surgically repaired.
In the weeks since Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, there have been reports that the Warriors intend to offer Durant a five-year max contract, and might even pledge to do a sign-and-trade. But from this report, Durant may have been seriously thinking about moving on even before his Game 5 injury.
Durant reportedly ‘really pissed off’ at Warriors
Considering that there’s been speculation since last year that Durant had no plans to stay with the Warriors long term, it’s not known if the ruptured Achilles materially changed any of his thinking. But it definitely didn’t make things better. According to Bleacher Report, Durant is “really pissed off at the Warriors,” and it could be due to the process that led to Durant playing and then seriously injuring himself in Game 5.
It’s hard to know what’s going to happen at this point, but there’s a detail in the report from Bleacher Report that stands out. Apparently Durant has purchased a home in the New York area and has moved all of his belongings to that house. While that could mean a lot of things (like he’s possibly considering the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets as potential free agent destinations), taking your stuff to your new house in an entirely different state feels like a “goodbye forever” kind of move.
Irving has also reportedly purchased a house in the New York area, but the Knicks may not be why. According to Bleacher Report, Irving is trying to recruit Durant and others to the Nets, which he’s been connected to since he declined his option with the Celtics.
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