The Warriors baffled the NBA world with several awkward comments about Kevin Durant’s next contract

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The NBA world raised its collective eyebrows at public comments that were made during the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade about Kevin Durant’s next contract.
Team GM Bob Myers joked that Durant hasn’t earned any contract he wants like Stephen Curry because Durant wasn’t with the team from the start.
The comments shed light on the evolving nature of the Warriors and Durant’s relationship.

Kevin Durant has repeatedly said he would re-sign with the Golden State Warriors this summer. However, the process has grown increasingly awkward, thanks to the Warriors themselves.

During Tuesday’s championship parade, several public comments were made about Durant’s next contract, perhaps none as awkward as those from GM Bob Myers.

During a pre-parade Q&A, Bob Fitzgerald of NBC Sports Bay Area asked Myers about comments he made in which he said Durant could have any contract he wants. Durant took less than the max last offseason to help the Warriors re-sign Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

“That was just for the media,” Myers joked. “He can’t have anything that he wants.”

Fitzgerald noted that Myers had once said Curry could have any contract he wants (Curry was underpaid for several years before signing a five-year, $201 million contract last summer).

“That was different,” Myers said. “He’s been here since the way before days … he’s earned it.”

Fitzgerald said, “And there ended the Warriors’ cohesion right there,” amid awkward laughter.

The first notable quote of the parade: Bob Myers with an unexpected zing at at Kevin Durant

— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 12, 2018

Later on, when Fitzgerald interviewed the Warriors stars, he said: “I’m gonna stand in front of KD … Before his Warriors exit, I want to enjoy as much time with him as possible.”

Durant simply shook his head. Later on, he reiterated his contract stance, saying: “Why was that even a discussion? Why we even talking about that? For sure, we going to do this thing again.”

The head shakes!

— Reggie Comma Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) June 12, 2018

All of these comments, of course, were jokes, one of which didn’t even come from a member of the Warriors.

Nonetheless, the NBA world was confused as to why Durant’s contract was being discussed publicly. As The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami noted, Myers may have felt awkward talking about the matter and the “he can have anything he wants” line in front of other players, many of whom …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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