As most of us know, Kevin Durant was the biggest free agent fish to be had over the summer. Durant took numerous meetings with teams in the Hamptons the week leading up to the 4th of July, the Spurs being one of those teams, before ultimately choosing to take his talents to the Bay Area, a move that sent shock-waves throughout the entire NBA ecosystem.
Much has been made of those meetings in the weeks since, with many commenting on whether or not Durant had already made up his mind to leave OKC for Golden State before he even had these sit-down interviews with other teams. A recent comment about the situation was made by notorious enforcer and NBA tough guy Kendrick Perkins, who appeared on The Vertical Podcast with Woj last week:
Well, I actually talked with Kevin... I thought that if he left — because he asked me. I said, "Listen, man. If you leave, my honest opinion, if you really want to leave, the other team I think you should go to, in my opinion, is the San Antonio Spurs." And I told him flat out. I said, "If you leave Oklahoma City, they're a first-class organization." I don't know too much about Golden State, but I do know, I ain't never been to San Antonio, but I've been around to know. And I told him that would be the place.
(Via The Vertical Podcast)
Perkins has been beloved by many of his teammates that he has played with and Durant has often spoken of how much he respects Perkins, recently saying that he is his favorite teammate of all-time, so his comments hold some real value here. If Durant had listened to his former teammate, how different things would be right now.
Alas, it was not meant to be, and most of us now will be imagining his basketball downfall, along with the rest of the Warriors.