Kevin Durant trade rumors have dominated the gossip in the NBA all offseason long. Fans are constantly trying to find out where Durant is going to go, and why he wants to leave the Brooklyn Nets just three seasons after signing with them. Durant’s character has certainly been under fire since his trade request, with people believing he’s just looking to join top teams around the league and chase titles.
On a recent Sportscenter segment, Nick Friedell was discussing a potential Durant trade with anchor Zubin Mehenti when Mehenti called Durant “an emotional guy”, which makes the whole trade request situation much murkier. That comment quickly caught the attention of Draymond Green, who has been busy going to bat for Durant recently.
Green stands up for Durant again
Green and Durant have had a rocky relationship dating back to their time spent together with the Golden State Warriors, but Green has recently been standing up for Durant quite a bit. Durant has faced a lot of backlash for once again trying to force his way onto a championship caliber team after he previously landed with the Warriors and Nets, two teams that were championship contenders.
The belief is that Durant doesn’t believe he can win in Brooklyn anymore, so he wants out, leading Mehenti to label him as emotional. This didn’t sit well with Green, who fired off a tweet criticizing Mehenti and Friedell for taking digs at Durant rather than talking about basketball like they are supposed to.
Green is right in saying the chatter around Durant needs to stick to basketball
Green has been on a full-fledged media tour since the Warriors won the 2022 NBA Finals; some of the things he has said have been reasonable, and others have been absurd. He raises a good point here though that when discussing Durant and his trade request, the conversation should focus solely on basketball.
Durant may be a snake in some people’s eyes, but he’s still an extremely good basketball player. He’s also not the first guy to take control of his own destiny and force his way off of a certain team, although he may be the guy who’s done it the most. But to label him emotional for requesting a trade may be a bit of a stretch.
Durant also hasn’t even been traded yet, and chances are it will be awhile before that happens. But you can bet he will continue to be a topic of discussion until this situation reaches a conclusion. And it wouldn’t be surprising to see more comments like Mehenti’s be made, and if they are, chances are Green will attack them on whatever form of media he is closest to.