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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will face the Los Angeles Clippers this evening for the first time since having a chance to join them via free agency last offseason. He said their recruitment of him was tough to turn down. “Blake [Griffin], DJ [DeAndre Jordan] and CP [Chris Paul]. That’s what made it interesting,” Durant said after Wednesday’s morning shootaround. “Those three guys are tremendous, and unbelievable talents. They made it tough on me.”
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During the courting process, Durant said, Jordan wasn’t too aggressive but let it be known that the Clippers wanted him to fill their small forward spot. “More than anything, he was just a real friend,” Durant said of Jordan. “At the end of the day, he wanted me to come to the Clippers, but at the end of the day, he didn’t care. He was going to be my friend no matter what. And I kind of gravitated toward just being around that and wanting to be around genuine friendships no matter who you play for, what you do, what decisions you make. That’s why I was around him more so than anything.”
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Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City to join the 2015 champions and the team that eliminated him in the Western Conference finals cast the former MVP as a villain in some circles. Though the decision meant Durant would be joining the Clippers’ hated division rival, Jordan was supportive. Durant told the Vertical that the first text he received after posting his announcement was from Jordan, who said, “Love you, bro. Congrats. Whatever makes you happy.”