After Griffin departed, the Cavaliers offered the spot to Chauncey Billups … who took like two weeks to decide before ultimately turning them down. For the duration of free agency, the team was ran by their assistant general manager, lacking a true top guy. (As it turns out, the assistant Altman may end up taking over full-time, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.)
Now we’ve arrived back at the start. To recap: the Cavaliers were thwacked in the Finals by the Warriors, failed to improve their roster despite options that were out there, let their general manager go and couldn’t find a replacement, and are possibly witnessing their top two stars both leaving the team within the year. That’s not how the offseason was supposed to go.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili did this throughout their title-filled run of excellence in San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki did this before winning a championship in Dallas. LeBron James took less than the max in Miami, where he won two crowns. This is almost as normal as superstars in their primes signing for as much money as possible.
No other superstar should feel any pressure to do what Durant has done: not by fans, not by their teams’ owners, not by teammates. It’s a personal choice. It’s a priority check. And it’s perfectly legitimate to prioritize ensuring you’re making every dollar possible during your brief NBA career.
In this realm, the right choice is the choice that makes you happiest. Durant has no responsibility to anyone but himself. If he chooses to take less to maintain the status quo for the Warriors without pushing Lacob into perhaps untenable financial penalties, so be it. If he chooses to take every dollar possible even at the potential cost of tough decisions by management on the rest of the roster, so be it. It’s his choice.
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