Kevin Durant “wanted to try something different,” according to Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers.
The 30-year-old forward left Golden State after three seasons and signed with the Nets this summer. Myers was asked about Durant’s decision when he met with reporters Monday.
“The one thing I’d share is, he just felt like, it was something inside of him, in his heart, that he wanted to try something different,” Myers said, via 95.7 The Game. “Nothing wrong with that. I’m at peace about it, personally, I hope our fans are, too. He was one of the best athletes to come through our city, certainly this organization.”
Durant won two titles and two Finals MVPs during his time with the Warriors. He averaged 26.0 points and 6.4 rebounds last season but ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors. He’s expected to miss most, if not all, of 2019-20.
“I just appreciate (him),” Myers said. “Growing up here, the fact that Kevin Durant wore a Warriors uniform for three years, to me, that’s pretty cool, whether I’m here in the position I’m in, or just a Warriors fan. I think for him, it was just a new chapter.”
“He just felt in his heart that he wanted to try something different.”
Bob on why Durant decided to leave. pic.twitter.com/DfmZbi0BeF
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) July 15, 2019
Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob announced earlier this month the team was effectively retiring Durant’s jersey.
“Three years ago, we were thrilled with the arrival of Kevin Durant,” Lacob said in a statement. “He provided our fans and franchise with numerous highlights during his stay here … and carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court.”
“As he starts a new chapter in his incredible career, we thank KD for all of his contributions, for being an integral part to one of the most prolific runs in NBA history and wish him well as he continues his Hall of Fame journey. As long as I am co-chairman of this team, no player will ever wear No. 35 for the Warriors again.”
Statement from Warriors Co-Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob on Kevin Durant: pic.twitter.com/D2TPPZPuz1
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) July 1, 2019
Kyrie Irving left the Celtics and joined the Nets this offseason, as well.