When Kevin Durant started meeting with free agent suitors on July 1, was his mind already made up to head to Golden State?
Durant has said that was not the case. He was intrigued by what Golden State was doing, he liked their system, but he didn’t have his decision made. Not everybody believes him. To put it kindly.
Andrew Bogut — the center now in Dallas because Golden State needed to clear out cap space for Durant — is one of them, he thought the deal was lined up long before free agency began. He’s also not bitter. Here is what Bogut told Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
That’s part of the business. I think the deal was done long before the summer. I think it was done — obviously, K.D. didn’t make his concrete decision, but I think our organization knew for a while what was going to happen. That’s just a part of it. Andre [Iguodala] and I knew it was one of us that was going to go, and it was me. That’s part of the business. I have no gripes about it. You get a Hall of Famer — he’s going to be a Hall of Famer — in K.D. If I’m the GM, I do the same deal. That’s just the reality of the business.
Whether the Warriors were sure it was going to happen or just thought it was a possibility, they were right to get everything lined up to make it happen should Durant make the call. If they don’t do the prep work, they will lose out.
As for Bogut, far more than fans players see things like Durant’s choice and the fallout from it as part of the NBA business. No hard feelings. He gets to make his decision. While others may not love the fallout of said decision, in Bogut’s case he’s still getting paid $11 million this year to play basketball. Things are not bad.