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Report: Here's the Draymond Green insult of Kevin Durant that got him suspended

For The Win logo For The Win 11/16/2018 Charles Curtis
Draymond Green, Kevin Durant are posing for a picture: Associated Press © Associated Press Associated Press

We've already heard a report on what Draymond Green said to Kevin Durant during their heated argument that ended with Green receiving a one-game suspension - there were expletives and talk about how Durant's potential free agency was an issue.

But according to a new story, there's one insult that went over the line.

Here's Yahoo's Chris Haynes:

What ultimately led to Green's suspension, sources said, was a remark in which he dared Durant to bolt in free agency next summer. Durant has a player option for the 2019-20 season, and the Warriors want their superteam intact for the opening of their new arena, the Chase Center, in San Francisco next season.

Green blurted to Durant something along the lines of, "We don't need you. We won without you. Leave," sources said.

That stance couldn't be any further from how the franchise views its odds of competing for titles in the future without Durant. The Warriors desperately want to re-sign the 7-foot small forward, and such a divisive incident in front of the entire team from one of their most influential players was deemed grounds for discipline.

Emotions got the best of both of them, but Green put the organization in a difficult spot.

There was a point during the argument when Durant cringed, and that was when it went from a typical competitive basketball argument to a personal shot that cut deep, sources said.

It makes complete sense why the Warriors would react with a suspension. There are arguments between players, and then there's doing the opposite of a free agency pitch to one of the NBA's best players. Golden State's discipline is a message to Durant - this is how much we don't agree with Green, basically.

If the Warriors want any chance at retaining Durant's services, they need to be completely in line from top to bottom, giving the forward everything he wants from rings to the comfort of teammates he enjoys playing with.

It seems like the organization is in the process of moving on now. But has long-term damage already been done? We'll find out the answer next summer.

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