The Warriors just got done playing in their fifth straight NBA Finals, losing in six games to the Toronto Raptors. Despite an extended run of success -- three championships ain't bad -- their future suddenly doesn't look so bright, as Kevin Durant went down with a ruptured Achilles and is going to miss all of next season, while Klay Thompson will also miss most of next season with a torn ACL. Both injured stars are free agents, though Thompson is essentially guaranteed to re-sign with the Warriors. Durant re-signing, however, is far from a sure thing.
With KD hitting the open market, the Warriors dynasty's fate hangs in the balance, and longtime big man Draymond Green reportedly traveled to New York to meet with Durant following his Achilles surgery.
Draymond reportedly wanted to check in on KD following a career-altering procedure, but it's hard to believe that the star's impending free agency did not come up. After all, we all know that Green likes to get his recruiting done early-- remember when he called Durant from the parking lot of Oracle Arena following the Warriors' seven-game NBA Finals loss to the Cavaliers in 2016?
Notably, Draymond took to Instagram to deny the reports that he traveled to New York to see Durant at all.
Looks like Draymond didn’t visit KD in NY. pic.twitter.com/XxliH86gjF— TheWarriorsTalk (@TheWarriorsTalk) June 17, 2019
It should come as no surprise that Green would try to shoot down the story, as he's as defiant as they come. Whether or not this actually happened, the Warriors will certainly be doing their best to persuade Durant to stay, and wouldn't be wrong to offer him an extension long enough to justify its value once he returns.
Even though KD will miss all of next season, teams are still expected to offer him a max deal. Whether or not he wants to stay in the comfy confines of Golden State or leave for a team like the Knicks or Nets will all be sorted out once free agency begins on July 1st.