In an exclusive interview with DraftKings, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green opened up about the process of recruiting and luring Kevin Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer -- describing the circumstances around the Western Conference finals vs. the Thunder and The Finals vs. the Cavaliers that ultimately led to the acquisiton:
"You think all of the turn of events that happened: us coming back from down 3-1 against OKC and then Cleveland coming back from 3-1 against us, look at how it shaped the NBA -- they beat us, no chance we get Kevin Durant. If Kevin Durant beats us in Game 7 or 6 or 5, how can he leave there? He can't leave there. But we came back, and once we came back -- it kept his feelings real, it allowed him to make whatever decision he wanted to make. If he made the Finals, it would have put a stranglehold on his decision."
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"If we beat Cleveland, there's a very, very, very, very slim chance we get Kevin Durant off coming back-to-back championships. If we won it all, I don't want to say we wouldn't have gone and recruited Kevin Durant, now, do we get Kevin Durant? I said we had a 70% chance of getting Kevin Durant if we didn't win the Finals, I also say we had an 8% chance of getting Kevin Durant if we won the Finals."
The full interview can be seen here: