Published On: Tue, Apr 9th, 2019

Kevin Durant: Warriors owner reveals his free agency stance on star amid Knicks links | Other | Sport

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Durant will be a free agent at the end of this season, after signing a ‘one-and-one’ deal last summer to allow him to make the choice over his future this offseason.

Pundits and fans have been split about the future of the superstar, and where he will decide to take his talents.

The uncertainty over his career has led this summer’s decision to be the most anticipated free agency move since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010.

Durant has the chance to three-peat with the Warriors this season, and could leave the franchise having only played with title-winning teams in Oakland.

But while Warriors fans are panicking over the back-to-back Finals MVP and the speculation linking him to the New York Knicks, Lacob told The Athletic that he is refusing to stress.

“I honestly don’t even think about it,” Lacob insisted.

“I don’t. Because there’s nothing I can do about it. Zero.

“He has earned the right to be a free agent. He’s going to make the choice that feels best for him.

“And it’s our job to, when the season’s over, convince him that the right decision is to be a Warrior for life.

“Look, we can pay him the most money. We have a great team. We have great coaching. We have great fans.

“I don’t think anyone can match us, when you take everything into consideration, if that’s the way you’re thinking about it.

“And he has a chance to win – and let’s hope it goes well this year – a chance to win more championships.

“I mean, it could be legendary. If he stays here.. I don’t know that you get this kind of opportunity very often.

“So I would hope that he thinks that and accepts that and decides he wants to stay.”

Durant has won back-to-back NBA titles since his 2016 move from the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as two Finals MVP awards.

But the nature of his move in 2016 – joining a 73-win team – has led many fans to believe he will up sticks and take himself to a team without any recent success, in order to showcase his true ability.

If that happens, the 10-time NBA All-Star will still have a fan in Lacob, the billionaire declared.

“I’m not going to be mad at him,” he continued.

“Whatever he decides to do, he decides to do.

“And I’ll probably be a Kevin Durant fan no matter what. I’m not going to be emotional about it, there’s no point.”

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