The rumors that Kevin Durant was expected to sign with the New York Knicks this offseason were widespread throughout the 18-19 season. Marc Stein writes that he even "heard a voice or two from within the Warriors’ organization say they were sure Durant would end up with the Knicks."
But there could have been a change in the calculus of Durant and the vibes he was putting out that he was reconsidering.
"By the start of the NBA finals, I was hearing the first reliable rumbles in months that the Warriors were cautiously optimistic about persuading Durant to stay," wrote Stein.
Durant returned to the Warriors for Game 5 of The Finals, but ruptured his Achilles in the second quarter.