Jerry West says complaints about Kevin Durant's move are 'sour grapes'

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Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors caused a lot of controversy behind the scenes of the NBA.

A deal of that magnitude had never been possible in the history of the league; adding a former MVP to a team with three All-Stars and the two-time reigning MVP just wouldn't happen.

The increase in cap room has made it possible but commissioner Adam Silver insisted that he was keen to make sure it couldn't happen again further down the line, in the name of competition and equality.

However, executive board member in Oakland, Jerry West, who was also an executive with the L.A. Lakers during the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal era, believes the attitude from the rest of the NBA towards the Durant signing is simply jealousy.

"It's sour grapes," West said. "We signed Shaquille O'Neal and it wasn't as big an uproar as this. Listen, the owners make the rules. They negotiate with the players. And for them to say something like that, to me it's wrong on their part.

"The commissioner said something like that and I called him about it. I told him I didn't think the comment was fair. It's not fair to Kevin. It's not fair to the Warriors. It's not fair to any team going forward who will sign a free agent of this stature.

"The players bargained for this. They have a chance to go play where they want to. I only wish I had that opportunity in my career and I'm sure a lot of other people felt the same way."

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