Kevin Durant explains why Warriors don't need to re-recruit him


When he becomes a free agent on July 1, Kevin Durant will have multiple suitors lined up.

We have no clue if the two-time NBA Finals MVP will hold pitch meetings, like he did in the summer of 2016, but we do know several franchises will recruit him hard.

Apparently, the Warriors don't really need to do any recruiting.

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“I don’t need to feel appreciated,” Durant told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports after the Warriors' 108-100 win over the Thunder on Tuesday. "I don’t need anything extra (from the Warriors).

"I'm just here to hoop and win games. I already know what this organization is about.”

One week before training camp opened, Warriors owner Joe Lacob said "of course" the Warriors will need to re-recruit Durant. Lacob echoed those thoughts during an appearance on NBC Sports Bay Area before Tuesday's game.

"We're going to try to recruit him, and I'm actually optimistic," Lacob said. "I don't know why. ...  I'm frankly not going to worry about it until the year's over with.

"I think Kevin and we should just go through the season, do our thing, and we'll all find out next year."

If only it were that simple. Durant's future is being discussed on a daily basis, and we all know that isn't going to stop.

There will be occasions this season when Durant is asked about free agency, and he's not going to be ... polite.

Consider yourself warned.

“It depends on how I feel that day,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “If I’m in a (expletive)-up mood, you’re going to see. Ask me that question and you’re going to really see what mood I’m in.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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