The Golden State Warriors may have actually gotten lucky to lose Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.
Losing a player such as Kevin Durant is tough. The Golden State Warriors felt the immense pressure of replacing a two-time Finals MVP and NBA superstar immediately. Acting quickly, the front office scrambled to put together a deal that would ship D’Angelo Russell to the team.
At first, this seemed like damage control. A 22-year old All-Star is certainly a nice addition to any franchise but the expense of losing Durant was far too much to overcome. However, now, we can see that the Warriors may have been lucky to lose KD when they did.
We all saw the devastating Achilles injury that took Durant out of the NBA Finals. Rushing back in Game 6 versus the Toronto Raptors, Durant’s tendon blew out as he attempted to fight for a third consecutive championship.
This injury is notorious for ending the careers of many great NBA players such as Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Still, there was hope to be had for Durant who has the benefit of youth on his side.
It was assumed that Durant would miss a majority of the season with a chance of returning before the playoffs. According to recent reports, KD will likely miss the postseason as well. This is a huge blow to the Brooklyn Nets and a sigh of relief for the Warriors.
The Dubs are obviously not happy that Durant is injured. However, it is a relief to know that losing him in free agency isn’t as detrimental anymore as he wasn’t going to play this season anyway. Moving forward, KD may never be the same player again.
It’s painful to lose a superstar. Luckily, the Warriors managed to receive a promising young star in D-Lo in return for a hobbled Durant. In a few years, we might look at this summer as a huge win for the Warriors.