After not speaking to beat reporters for nearly a week and a half – before the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis – Warriors star Kevin Durant broke his silence on Wednesday after the Warriors’ win over San Antonio. As Nick Friedell of ESPN.com relays, Durant sounded “angry and frustrated” as he explained why he had avoided the media since the Porzingis deal.
“I have nothing to do with the Knicks,” Durant said. “I don’t know who traded Porzingis. They got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball. Y’all come in here every day, ask me about free agency, ask my teammates, my coaches. You rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball. That’s all I’m saying. And now when I don’t wanna talk to y’all, it’s a problem with me.”
As Durant alludes to, speculation about his free agency destination has heated up since the Knicks traded Porzingis. That move appeared designed to clear two maximum-salary slots for this summer’s free agent class, which KD will headline.
There’s an “overwhelming sense” around the NBA that Durant is destined to sign with the Knicks, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. Ethan Strauss of The Athletic conveyed a similar sentiment earlier in the week, writing that insiders around the league believe the former MVP will leave Golden State for New York.
Whether or not that’s the case, Durant doesn’t want to talk about it now, as he made clear on Wednesday night, when he singled out Strauss’ piece as an example of the type of article that irks him.
“It’s unnecessary,” Durant said of the speculation about his free agency, per Friedell. “You got a dude, Ethan Strauss, who comes in here and just gives his whole opinion on stuff and makes it seem like it’s coming from me. And he just walks around here, don’t talk to nobody, just walk in here and survey and write something like that, and now you gotta pile on me because I don’t wanna talk to y’all about that.”
Durant won’t become a free agent for nearly five more months, so there’s still time for plenty of speculation and analysis on his upcoming decision. But his comments on Wednesday suggested he’ll probably try to avoid addressing the subject.
“I just don’t trust none of y’all,” Durant told reporters, including Friedell. “Every time I say something it’s getting twisted up and thrown out and in so any different publications, trying to tear me down with my words that I say. So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem. I just wanna play ball. I wanna go to the gym and go home. That’s all. Is that a problem? All right then.”