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Kevin Durant: 'If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets'

The Nets newly acquired superstar spoke to Yahoo! Sports about setting the recod straight on where he ultimately wanted to land this offseason.

“If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets,” Durant said. “They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building.”

Clearly the superstar had his sights set on Brooklyn due to the culture that was built by Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson and of course the fact the Nets signed Kyrie Irving to play alongside him. As far as when he ultimately decided to choose the Nets over the Warriors, Durant hinted that he kept his focus on chasing another title with Golden State, but once free agency was underway, the choice was clear.

“June 30," Durant told Yahoo! Sports. "That morning. I never wanted to disrespect the game by putting my focus on the future. It was always about that day, focusing on that day and what was most important that day. And throughout the season, basketball is the No. 1 thing.”

Many critics have questioned Durant's decision to forgo New York's most popular basketball team, the Knicks, and sign with the up and coming Nets. Durant, speaking frankly, didn't waste anytime in suggesting the move was something he felt compelled to do.

“Because I wanted to,” Durant said. “The basketball was appealing.”

It's not even worth arguing what franchise has been better over the past decade-plus between the Knicks and the Nets. While Madison Square Garden is alluring and has history on its side over  the Barclays Center, the Nets are clearly the better run organization. Durant can't be faulted for his decision to close the book on the Warriors and try to write a new legacy in Brooklyn.


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