Kevin Durant sent shockwaves through the NBA last week when he decided to ditch the only franchise he had ever represented to sign for the Golden State Warriors.
The Dubs are, of course, one of the most dominant teams of this generation. After putting together a record-setting 73-wins last term, they came within one game of retaining the Larry O'Brien trophy in the Finals, before ultimately falling to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors squandered a 3-1 series lead in those Finals, the same thing the Oklahoma City Thunder - whom Durant was playing for - did in the Western Conference Finals against Golden State in the series prior.
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The reaction to KD's blockbuster switch has been as varied as it has been broad. The idea of the Warriors possessing the last two winners of the regular season MVP award, as well as two of the top three scorers in the league last season, is quite a prospect.
While many believe Steve Kerr's troops should now run away with the 2016-17 campaign and somehow improve upon their record-breaking season, there has been a few critics who believe Durant has made the move for the wrong reasons.
One such man is Washington Wizards forward, Markieff Morris. He believes that after blowing a lead against the Warriors the way that the Thunder did, the last thing a player should do is join that team.
“I don’t think it’s right, but it is what it is,” Morris said, via Gene Wang of The Washington Post.
“You know what I mean by that. That ain’t right,” he reiterated. “The money is going to be there for anything. It’s not about that. It’s the whole situation. It’s like, man, come on. You don’t do that.”
It's obvious what KD's intentions are: he wants to win a championship. Legacies are often measured in championships and at 27-years-old, in his physical prime, that fact hasn't alluded Durant.
The facts are, he believes he has a better chance of winning a title with Golden State than with the Oklahoma City Thunder, or anyone else for that matter.
However, Morris thought Durantula was built differently than 'if you can't beat them, join them'.
“I wouldn’t have went there [Golden State] for sure,” Morris said. “First of all, they just beat us, so that’s more important. It would have been a fire inside me to beat them next year, but a lot of guys are different. I just didn’t expect that from Durant. I know him a little bit, and I didn’t expect that.”
If Durant does not win a title from this endeavour, it's been a total bust. But, chances are, the Warriors will be right in the shake-up at the very least this season and have to be the favourites to go all the way.