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Kendrick Perkins Says Warriors Had 'Upper Hand' in Re-Signing Kevin Durant Until Draymond Argument

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a call as Kevin Durant #35 holds him back during their game against the LA Clippers during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors - Game Five | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Many bookmarked the argument between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green as a tell-tale sign that Durant would be out of Golden State following the 2019 NBA Finals, win or lose, including Durant's former teammate, Kendrick Perkins.

The Warriors organization even suspended Green one game for his profanity-laced tirade during a regular season game against the Los Angeles Clippers, during which he even challenged Durant to leave in free agency because the Warriors had already won without KD.

That didn't age too well.

Of course, Durant tore his Achilles in Game 5 against Toronto and the Warriors ended up losing the Finals, as well as their superstar small forward. Perkins claims that the Warriors were the favorite to sign Durant in the summer until the incident with Green, and also that the Knicks were never a destination for KD.

"I think people had speculation that the Knicks were actually the front runners, but they weren't," Perkins told KNBR.

Durant also told Perkins "you know why I chose Brooklyn", citing the organization's upward trend and rapid return from the grave as big reasons for his decision.

As for Green, he may want to cool it on getting into it with his teammates, unless of course he'd rather destroy the Warriors before agreeing to a deal with another team next offseason as a free agent.