As DeAndre Jordan knows all too well, you’re damned if you and damned if you don’t as an NBA free agent.
You’ll likely recall 2015’s transactional brouhaha, in which Jordan was on his way to join the Dallas Mavericks — before he changed his mind and stayed at home with the Los Angeles Clippers. It was a whirlwind 24-hour period complete with emojis and barricaded doors that left us all shaking our heads.
Now, it’s Jordan’s friend Kevin Durant who’s facing criticism for his own free-agency decision. Durant famously jumped ship from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors this offseason, a move which has generated quite a bit of criticism of KD as the NBA’s newest villain. According to Jordan, however, all Durant can do is worry about his own well-being. What others think doesn’t matter.
It’s a very mature take from Jordan, who admits that his own summer fireworks helped him grow as a man and as a basketball player. But that didn’t stop the Clippers big man from trolling his Team USA teammate. Watch and laugh as Jordan interrupts Durant in the middle of an interview to ask why he didn’t pick the Clippers:
There’s still time for KD to change his mind, though. Not this season, of course — the ink’s dry on KD’s deal with the Warriors — but Durant can jump back into free agency next year if he wants.
Sure, leaving the Warriors after just a year to join the Clips would bring a whole new level of villainy to Durant’s reputation. At least he could commiserate with Jordan, though.