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Draymond Green refutes report on flying to NYC to recruit Kevin Durant

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Draymond Green called out a report for saying he was in New York over the weekend to recruit teammate Kevin Durant.

The New York Post’s Marc Berman published an article on Saturday saying Green had flown to New York to visit Durant, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. The article made it seem as if Green’s purpose for the trip was to recruit KD, who has been his teammate on the Golden State Warriors the last three seasons.

Green addressed the report in an Instagram comment, saying he was in New York for an engagement party.

The Post’s article even said Green had arrived in New York with his fiancee and kids — hardly the crowd you would expect someone to bring for a business trip. The article also seemed to frame Green’s trip as a repeat of 2016 when Green recruited Durant immediately after losing to the Cavaliers in Game 7. Warriors players were recruiting Durant all season, with Green leading the way, and their efforts paid off.

Durant has a player option for next season that he can decline to become a free agent. At least one other team is reportedly prepared to offer him a max contract despite his surgery.

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