Draymond Green is defending Kevin Durant in how he handled leaving the Warriors for the Nets in free agency.
Green said Durant didn’t owe it to anyone to explain his free agency process and added he’s fine with how Durant moved on to Brooklyn.
“I found out that he was picking Brooklyn when everybody else found out, which is exactly how it should be,” Green said on “The Jump” on ESPN. “He didn’t owe it to me to tell me before he told everybody else. We did what we had to do. The thing that people forget about in this league is like, this is our lives. I’m not about to go to Kevin Durant and say ‘hey Kevin, can I get my fianceé pregnant?’ … That’s my life.
“Am I supposed to come to you and A) let you know that’s what I want to do or B) ask you for permission? No. So I found out exactly when everybody else found out, which is exactly how it should be.”
Green and Durant have had their issues in the past, with the pair getting into an explosive fight on the court early last season in which Green challenged Durant’s loyalty due to his upcoming free agency.
The spat started the rumor mills early and many speculated Durant already was planning to leave the Warriors at the end of the season. Speculation also arose that Green’s jab was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Durant and pushed him to leave Golden State.
The pair have since made up and Green revealed Durant has talked to him since he chose to sign with the Nets. He added Durant was a huge contributor to the Warriors success in the three seasons he was with the team.
“If someone would’ve told me, ‘man, Kevin Durant’s gonna come to the Warriors, and you guys are gonna win two championships and then have a shot at winning a third, would you take that?’ In a heartbeat, so that was a major success. I’m happy for him,” Green said.
Durant signed a four-year deal worth $164 million as a free agent this offseason, picking Brooklyn over the Warriors and the Knicks.