The Golden State Warriors in the offseason during free agency were somehow able to miraculously land Kevin Durant. There have been various reports since then as to why he chose to sign with them. According to Rolling Stone, Durant revealed another compelling reason for his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder after nine years.
“Where other teams went out and got that veteran guy, we kept getting younger,” Durant told Rolling Stone’s Paul Solotaroff.
The 27-year-old was clearly not happy with the direction that the franchise was headed. The front office was making moves to acquire young talent such as dealing away Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Durant wanted to see a concerted effort by the Thunder to improve the team.
Remember, Oklahoma City was just one win shy of going to the NBA Finals and could be argued that they should have dethroned the Warriors. Durant likely just wanted to see them add to the puzzle with proven veterans to help get them over the edge in the Western Conference. With the front office doing the exact opposite, it demonstrated clearly in his mind that they didn’t share his same vision.