Kevin Durant is in Salt Lake City during his break for the NBA All-Star festivities this weekend. Even though he’s not playing in the game due to injury, the now 13x NBA All-Star still sat down with the media to answer questions about his latest trade to the Suns and everything basketball.
One of the most interesting things that were asked of Durant was his thoughts on NBA trade requests and if he thinks that player empowerment is good for the NBA. Here were Durant’s thoughts on the matter.
“Teams have been trading players and making acquisitions for a long time,” he said. “Now a player can dictate where he wants to go, leave in free agency or demand a trade. It’s just part of the game now.”
The biggest one in NBA history was when LeBron James decided to go from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat to form a team surrounded by himself, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosch. The difference was that happened during the summer as a free agent.
Durant did something similar by deciding to go from Oklahoma City to Golden State to play alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
Since then, this year alone we’ve had a bunch of different movements throughout the NBA landscape like Kyrie going to the Mavericks, Donovan Mitchell going to Cleveland, Anthony Davis going to Los Angeles a few years back, and so on and so forth.
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Look for there to be more player empowerment moving forward as it helps make the league more interesting. But, more importantly, it helps the players be able to control their own destiny in an entertainment-filled business.
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