Mon. Jan 21st, 2019

Kevin Durant: Warriors star backed to snub Lakers, Knicks and Clippers to do this

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That’s the prediction of NBA analyst Jason McIntyre.

Durant’s future is a source of huge debate in basketball with the forward linked with a whole host of teams, but most strongly the trio of the Lakers, Knicks and Clippers.

Having spent the last two seasons in the Bay Area where he has picked up rings and back-to-back NBA Finals MVP awards, it has been speculated he could leave Golden State at the end of this year.

That’s because Durant has been heavily criticised for joining a team already stacked with talent in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green off the back of consecutive Finals appearances – albeit having lost the second time around to LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

But the opportunity to lead his own team to a championship over being part of a super-team has been mentioned as a major motivation for Durant as he looks to cement his legacy as one of the NBA’s best ever stars.

The Warriors are looking to become just the fourth franchise to achieve the ‘three-peat’ of three straight titles and only the sixth separate team.

But only one team have won more than three championships in a row with the Boston Celtics managing eight successive triumphs from 1959 to 1966.

And with Golden State also moving in to their brand new state-of-the-art arena, Chase Center, for 2019-2020 – McIntyre believes Durant could be swayed into staying another year.

Speaking about his relationship with the star, McIntyre told Brandon Robinson on Scoop B Radio: “Durant noticed it [an Instagram post of McIntyre’s on Durant being better than LeBron] because he’s on social media a lot and started opening up a dialogue. 

“He’s not revealing any secrets, he doesn’t follow me. But we discuss some things and I think he’s an interesting, fascinating guy. 

“I don’t know enough clearly what he wants right now. But I think Durant doesn’t know right now what he wants to do, it’s January. A lot can change in six months. 

“I would lean towards Kevin Durant signing a 1+1 [contract] and staying one more year. That’s just now. That would be my guess as of now. 

“When you look at the Warriors possibly winning a third, nobody in the modern era – not Magic [Johnson], not Michael [Jordan], not Larry [Bird], not Kobe [Bryant], not Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal], nobody won four. 

“If the Warriors can convince him, ‘Hey man, you stay, we win four – nobody can touch that.’ Nobody has ever done that dating back to the pre-three-pointer era, the 60s Celtics. 

“But that’s not the modern era. I think they could make a convincing argument, ‘Hey man, let’s do a 1+1, let’s chase that fourth, nobody has ever done it, let’s get it.’ 

“That to me and opening a new arena, I wonder if Durant would stay for a 1+1.”

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