Warriors star Durant talks end-of-season free agency

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is likely to become the biggest name in free agency in the summer of 2019.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant will be a free agent at the end of the season and isn’t backing off talking about it. He just hopes not to be asked about it constantly, from now until the season ends.

“I know it’s easy to look at that type of [expletive] because it’s the entertainment side. But wait until the season is over with to analyze [free agency],” Durant said of the media in an exclusive interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “I know it’s your job and it’s hard to say that, but try to shift some of your focus to the court, too. I know you have to still do your job and check on stuff like that, but every day?

“Every city I go to? Come on, man. I said what I had to say at media day. I understand your job, but let’s come to a little agreement. Don’t ask me every time you see me. If it’s the first time I’m seeing y’all, I don’t mind answering. But every time? Come on, bro.”

Durant will be the biggest name in free agency in 2019. It is not a definite that he will return to the two-time defending champions. Speculation has run rampant that Durant may be looking for another challenge — and to rebuild his image, which took a major hit when he left the talented Oklahoma City Thunder for the 73-9 Warriors team in 2016.

“I don’t need [to be recruited], I don’t need to feel appreciated,” Durant told Haynes after the Warriors’ 108-100 season-opening win over the Thunder. “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.”

The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are expected to be aggressive suitors for Durant, according to Haynes’ report.

“Personnel from the Clippers are expected to attend a high number of Warriors games this season, sources said,” Haynes wrote. “Rival executives are of the belief that Durant, unlike the previous two summers he hit free agency with the Warriors, might be swayed to leave the Bay Area this time around.”