Report: Jerry West Makes Pitch to Durant for Warriors; NBA Star to Decide By Monday

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NBA legend Jerry West reportedly spoke to Kevin Durant this weekend to try to convince the NBA great to sign with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant will reportedly decide which team to sign with on Monday and has been courted by the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors.

“Mr. Clutch,” who is on the Warriors’s executive board and brought Shaquille O’Neal to Los Angeles, reportedly had a 20-minute conversation with Durant on Saturday evening.

San Jose Mercury News reporter Tim Kawakami, who first reported the conversation, said news of the West’s phone call with Durant created a “firestorm” and “shook up the NBA transom” and is a testament to how influential a figure West is.

According to ESPN, “The Logo” “spoke to Durant from the perspective of an all-time great player who kept falling short of winning an NBA championship. Although West won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972, he lost in his first seven trips to the NBA Finals and finished 1-8 in the Finals overall. West, 78, told Durant those losses still eat at him to this day.”

West also reportedly told Durant that it would be easier for him to score points playing alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. He also said Durant’s been stereotyped in Oklahoma City as a just a scorer and other parts of his game have not been appreciated. West reportedly said Durant, who led the Thunder in rebounding, could showcase his all-around game if he came to Golden State.