No one was shocked when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving announced their plans to play together going forward. Rumors of their interest in forming one of the NBA’s most devastating scoring tandems in league history date back to last year, and reached a fever pitch after the pair was recorded sharing a hushed conversation at the NBA All-Star game in which many believed Irving could be heard alluding to “two max slots.”
Eight months later, it’s unclear if Irving was actually discussing financial parameters of free agency with Durant. But if he was, the widespread assumption was that he was referencing the New York Knicks, who had recently created double-max space by offloading onerous salary in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The Brooklyn Nets would later create enough space to sign both superstars, of course, but Durant is adamant he and Irving didn’t “plan” on coming together this summer regardless.
In a sprawling interview with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the two-time Finals MVP insisted that his partnership with Irving “just came together.”