Kevin Durant defends pay cut, wants more super-teams: "All stars on a few teams. Why not see that?"

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  1. delta

    delta Superstar

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    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20307196/kevin-durant-wanted-rest-golden-state-warriors-get-paid-deserve

    Kevin Durant
    said he took things into his own hands to keep the Golden State Warriors together by signing for less than he could have and dismissed criticism of his decision.

    Durant could have secured a max of $34 million per year from the Warriors but signed for $25.9 million this season, less than he made in 2016-17 ($26.5 million). He explained his decision to The Athletic on Thursday, saying he wanted to ensure that Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Stephen Curry could get paid "what they deserve."

    "Well, I'm a smart guy and I want to keep this thing going, and looking at Andre and Shaun and Steph, they all should make the most money that they can make and get what they deserve. Because they were all underpaid and I knew at some point they'd want to get what they deserve," he said.

    "So I just took a step back and let the chips fall where they may. Then I took it in my hands. I wanted to keep the team together and I thought it was going to help the ownership bring all the guys back. And on top of that, it's my money. It's my decision. I can do what the hell I want with it."


    Durant said the critics of his move were those who wanted to see "money break [the Warriors] up."

    "They only [criticized] it because it's the Warriors and it's me and they love to hate anything we do right now. A lot of players have [taken pay cuts]. It wasn't that I wanted the praise. I've learned from Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki and how it has helped them over the years, and I thought, if they did it, why can't I? Why shouldn't I sacrifice? People wanted the money to break us up and I didn't want that to happen," he said.


    While the Warriors have remained intact, other teams in the Western Conference have loaded up through trades, as the Houston Rockets acquired Chris Paul, the Oklahoma City Thunder got Paul George and the Minnesota Timberwolves netted Jimmy Butler. Durant told The Athletic that he applauded the moves.

    "You're just seeing a lot of these GMs buckling down and saying, 'You know what, let's swing for the fences. Let's see what we can do. Anything can happen.' You gotta respect it. Before, you've seen GMs be conservative, try to save money or build through the draft every year. Just try to be OK. But teams aren't just settling for that. They're trying to win and trying to win now and they want to put the best players together," he said.

    "It's a great league and you want to see the best players on the biggest stage. Why not see the best players? All of them on a few teams. Why not see that? That's what this league is about. It's star-driven and it's good to see that the stars dictate how the league is supposed to go. Then the next group of stars will do the same and the same after that. I think that's what we're starting."
     
  2. stilltheguru

    stilltheguru Superstar

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    Lol do your thing Kevin :salute:
     
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    :russ:
     
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  4. CantStop

    CantStop WeGotThatBall

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    Yea the same ownership who didn't give a damn about y'all during the lock out. :mjgrin:

    What a lame.

    "bu bu bu but it helped Dirk"

    Oh really :jbhmm:
     
  5. G.O.A.T Squad Spokesman

    G.O.A.T Squad Spokesman Appreciate Greatness

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    Boycott the league if you're so displeased.
     
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  6. CantStop

    CantStop WeGotThatBall

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    Where did I say that I wasn't pleased?

    Just because I think he's a hoe?
     
  7. duckbutta

    duckbutta eienaar van mans

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    make basketball decisions that help billionaires spend less money brehs

    I give him credit for embracing his inner bitachness though

    Is there a video of this interview? Can we bet colicash which part of his rick james thigh tattoo he was rubbing when he made these statements? I bet it was the shades
     
  8. Versa

    Versa American Weirdo Champion

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    LeBron made it a hot line.....:manny:
     
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    Not even close :yeshrug:
     
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  10. Tony D'Amato

    Tony D'Amato It's all about the inches

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    I look at KD stans like Trump supporters. I just dont get it:francis:
     
  11. avon barksdale

    avon barksdale i want my corners

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    Cut your money over some light skin brothers brehs
     
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    tremonthustler1 aka bx_representer

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    He's not wrong but I hope he doesn't believe that a bunch of teams are all making win now moves in terms of winning a title.


    The teams making these win now moves are

    Golden State
    Cleveland
    Houston
    Boston

    and I guess OKC, Toronto and Washington


    those are the teams that wind up failing and end up like the Nets.. If he really believed that crap he wouldn't have left OKC. He left because he knew that was their best shot and they blew it.
     
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  13. 10bandz

    10bandz "I will be your loyal simp" - @koven the c00n

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    The Servant.
     
  14. Verbal Kint

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    Man everyone respected homies game. Thought he was a little sensitive a few years ago when he started acting persecuted by the media even though he never caught any real flack. Then homie makes a softie move and can't shut up trying to defend himself while trying to act like he's above it all. Dude is the most emotionally fragile superstar I can remember
     
  15. chowism

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    Light skin Brothas are still black men. fukk that colorism shyt.
     

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