Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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Ric Bucher: Warriors Allowing Kevin Durant to Play Raises Major Red Flags

Ric Bucher: Warriors Allowing Kevin Durant to Play Raises Major Red Flags

I was watching the game and felt frightful, it was a total disgrace. That was freaking ridiculous.

There's going to be some real recriminations for the Warriors as to how they allowed Kevin Durant to return for this game. "You just know. And I've been there".

This presser by Bob Myers is a smart move. I run our basketball operations department'.

Durant will still be a coveted free agent should he choose to test the market, however, and while teammate DeMarcus Cousins' Achilles injury cost him millions, Durant's star-power and age should ensure that he still receives max contract offers this offseason. If Irving knows the chances of playing with Durant are remote, maybe he considers staying in Boston, where the chances of winning are higher than in NY.

(Left) Recording artist Drake reacts with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors.

The Knicks have been in the mix for an Anthony Davis trade, but a source said their young assets may not stack up against some other teams involved and would need a third team to make it happen.

Prior to the injury, Durant was expected to command well over $30 million a season on a new deal. While they will not know for sure just how severe the injury is until that MRI is conducted, Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN are reporting that the team believes Durant's MRI on Tuesday will confirm a torn right Achilles tendon. Achilles tears can take from 8 to 12 months to recover.

One person with a positive outlook is Durant's mother Wanda, whom he dedicated his NBA MVP award to during an emotional speech in 2014.

"I was excited for him because I know how much he loves the game and I know he's been injured before, so I knew he wouldn't jeopardize himself", she said. 'He has a heart of a true Warrior!

Durant had returned to the lineup after missing nine straight playoffs games with an injured calf. He would have spoken to reporters after Game 5, but was no longer required to do so after suffering his injury.

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