Details seemingly abound with regard to the end of the Kevin Durant era in Golden State. Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes who has been close to the situation Durants entire time with the Warriors said on Friday during an appearance on Fox Sports 1's The Herd with Colin Cowherd that "There was a point with Kevin Durant when he just stopped talking to his teammates," adding, "He was really on an island and didn't have somebody that he was close with on that team. The only person he was close with was Quinn Cook, because they're from the same area. But Quinn is a younger guy that doesn't have much clout within the franchise."
The argument with Draymond Green on the sideline was a watershed moment in a situation already spiraling downward. Haynes noted, "After the Draymond stuff went down and then the New York Knicks chatter started going haywire, Durant just stopped talking," continuing, "He felt like if he said something, it would give a lot of credence to people saying he's only thinking about free agency. You would see Durant leaving the arena by himself and entering the arena by himself and really not speaking to anyone."