Much has been made as of late about where Kevin Durant will play after this NBA season. The popular consensus seems to be that it won’t be with the Golden State Warriors. And based on his comments in a recent interview, overly-thrilled about the idea of joining LeBron James either. But apparently, Durant sees even less of a fit with LeBron for someone like Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard.
In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, Durant addressed the topic of teaming up with James and why it’s not a fit for some players.
“It depends on what kind of player you are,” Durant said. “If you’re Kyle Korver, then it makes sense. Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offense, and he’s not a No. 1 option at all, not even close. So his talents benefit more from a guy who can pass and penetrate and get him open.
“If you’re a younger player like a Kawhi, trying to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t really make sense. Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; it’s how he plays the game. A lot of young players are developing that skill. They don’t need another guy.”
It’s an interesting point and especially stands out because it comes from Durant. But Bucher goes on to point out that James may need a player like Leonard at this point in his career. Another player who chimed in to enter a similar sentiment was Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza. In the same story, Ariza told Bucher he can see why players who are similar to James would “want to play elsewhere.”
Source: Heavy Sports