Against the Los Angeles Clippers, their on-court altercation eventually made its way to the locker room where Green was suspended one game without pay. Green reportedly called Durant a derogatory term and asked him about free agency.
Durant, who re-signed on a two-year, $61.5 million deal, has a player option and is widely expected to become a free agent once again despite an opportunity to three-peat since the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers.
As the Golden State Warriors are working their way through this, Durant says Green will not impact his decision, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
“Nah, [it won’t factor],” Durant told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. “Because at the end of the day, I’m just a ballplayer that’s just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day. And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I’m just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me.”
Although this was not the first altercation between Durant and Green, it appears the latter went too far this time around. As Durant has already been linked to the Lakers and New York Knicks, it will be interesting to see what ultimately happens come July 1.
While the Warriors have lost three out of their last four games since the altercation, they still remain favorites to win the 2019 NBA Finals. With five All-Star players once DeMarcus Cousins returns from his Achilles injury, they are far too talented to lose regardless of the situation.
As for the Lakers, they will have $38 million available in free agency. With LeBron James and a young core, Los Angeles is an attractive destination once again, but it will ultimately come down to what factors are important to Durant and an extremely talented 2019 free agency class.