Kevin Durant met six different teams in free agency but had his mind made up about Golden State long before the summer, according to former Warriors center Andrew Bogut.
Recently, Durant revealed that Golden State’s inability to finish off Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals propelled his decision to join the Oakland-based franchise.
However, Bogut, who was incidentally traded away to Dallas Mavericks to make room for Durant’s max contract, has revealed that the Warriors organization knew they were getting the 2013-14 MVP.
“I think the deal (between Warriors and Durant) was done long before the summer. I think it was done — obviously, K.D. didn’t make his concrete decision, but I think our organization knew for a while what was going to happen,” Bogut, a former No.1 overall pick, told ESPN.com in an interview.
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Bogut also revealed that teammates within the organization knew that either one of him or Andre Iguodala would have to be traded to make room for Durant.
“That’s just a part of it. Andre (Iguodala) and I knew it was one of us that was going to go, and it was me. That’s part of the business. I have no gripes about it.
“You get a Hall of Famer — he’s going to be a Hall of Famer — in K.D. If I’m the GM, I do the same deal. That’s just the reality of the business,” added Bogut.
Remember, the Warriors also let go off Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights and Festus Ezeli to create cap room for Durant.
Bogut suffered a critical knee injury during Game 5 of the NBA finals which, many analysts believe, was the turning point of the seven-game series.
The Warriors missed Bogut’s rim protection as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a 3-1 deficit.
Though the Warriors have added veteran Zaza Pachulia as their new starting center, it would be difficult to replace Bogut.
Did Kevin Durant and the Warriors secretly strike a deal before free agency? Was it right on Durant’s part to talk to competitors when he was still a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder?