Kevin Durant Has Vibe Of Potentially Leaving Warriors In 2019

That's the thoughts of The Athletic's Marcus Thompson, who works closely with the Warriors in the Bay Area. "I feel like he is gone... This could be it right here'".

He added: "Here's the hard part with KD: we don't know what he wants". "I don't know that he knows what he wants".

"I expect them, yeah, absolutely to be in playoff contention", said Warriors guard Klay Thompson, whose father, Mychal, won two National Basketball Association titles with the "Showtime" Lakers of the 1980s. "Is it a championship, supremacy, is it to be the ace?" If they manage to succeed in doing so, they'll be the favorites to actually achieve the "not four, not five, not six, not seven" titles LeBron James once claimed was the goal with the Miami Heat. However, much like how that Heat run ended prematurely given what those three superstars seemed capable of, the Warriors run could meet a similar fate at the end of this season.

But some around the league feel James may be starting a new trend among the league's best players.

Durant joined the Warriors in the summer of 2016, and has a $31.5 million player option for the 2019-20 season. You've got to wait and see for that. "You still looking - you might as well just go.' That's how it feels". A few months before that, the Thunder had built a 3-1 lead over the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, before losing three straight.

Durant is arguably the biggest name possibly available, with increasing question marks over whether he will opt in for the final year of his contract with the Warriors.

With a supporting cast of journeymen and unproven youngsters, James isn't even a lock for the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles, much less a Western Conference finals matchup with the back-to-back National Basketball Association champions.