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Tom Schad


USA TODAY

Published 8:06 AM EST Nov 21, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant told Yahoo Sports his recent argument with Draymond Green will not factor into whether he decides to remain with the Warriors at the end of the season.

In a story published Tuesday, Durant told the outlet he is “just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball” and is moving on from the heated exchange with Green, which occurred last week during the team’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant, who has a player option for next season, appeared frustrated that Green did not pass him the ball at the end of regulation. Green used a series of expletives during their conversation and was subsequently suspended for one game.

“I never really felt like it was a problem, because I know Dray and he says some crazy (expletive) out his mouth all the time,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “But on top of that, it was just that there was so much coming with it from the outside, and so much stuff that we have to answer now.”

Durant, who had not spoken at length about the argument prior to Tuesday’s story, said he’s been perhaps most frustrated by the questions that have followed the spat, including doubts about the Warriors’ chemistry and his own future with the franchise. Durant has a player option for 2019-20 and could choose to become a free agent at the end of the season.

“I was upset, but I know that I can’t hold on to something like this,” Durant said. “I know that I’ve got to make a choice with myself, like how long are you going to be upset about this to the point where you’re going to let it affect what you do on the floor or how you approach the game?

“Once it gets there now, I got to make a grown-man decision and tell myself, ‘Look, man, no matter what, you still got to come to work every single day. It’s going to work out. It’s going to figure itself out.'”

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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