Kevin Durant Could Form A Big 3 In L.A. Or Boston

Kevin Durant Could Form A Big 3 In L.A. Or Boston
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Kevin Durant, officially an unrestricted free agent, isn’t opposed to the idea of forming a Big 3 in a major market team like Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers, according to a source close to the superstar’s camp.


Kevin Durant: Following LeBron’s footsteps?

In 2010, LeBron James formed a Big 3 in Miami Heat which made four consecutive NBA Finals and won two championships before the forward returned to Cleveland Cavaliers last season. For Durant to pull off something similar, he would have to have convince a fellow all-star free agent to team up with him or head to a team which already has a superstar or two.

Butch Stearns, a sports personality in Boston, told WEEI radio Monday morning that Durant’s agents have already told prospective teams of the players he’d like to team up with. “I have this on pretty good authority: The Celtics have sat with his agent and other representatives of Durant. The Celtics do know — I don’t know who it is — but they do know who he would prefer to be brought here in a LeBron (James)-Chris Bosh-Dwyane Wade-like way. Because that’s how it works in the NBA. You need to know who the guy or guys that that guy wants, which would be a factor,” Stearns said.

How Celtics, Lakers can form a Big 3

Interestingly, both Lakers and Celtics have the tradable assets and cap room to help Durant form a Big 3. The Lakers could easily trade away their No. 2 pick and Lou Williams for DeMarcus Cousins, sign Mike Conley in free agency and that would enable them to form a Big 3 of Cousins-Durant-Conley. By the same token, Celtics could package their No. 3 pick and a few other assets for Jimmy Butler, sign Hassan Whiteside in free agency and form a Big 3 of Whiteside-Durant-Butler.

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You can be rest assured that both Mitch Kupchak and Danny Ainge are trying to acquire the required assets to lure Durant. “Now, I don’t know if Durant’s told them that. But the Celtics know. They know. They’ve been told what group of guys he would want to come here,” added Stearns.’

Not keen on free agency tour….

If Durant and his agents chalk up a plan for Big 3, there would be no need for the former MVP to go on a superstar free agency tour. Matt Moore of CBS speculated Durant’s plans for July: “The most-likely scenario is that Durant hosts a series of meetings in L.A. (where he has a home and spends a great deal of time in during the summer) with various interested parties, not unlike what LeBron James did in 2010. He’ll then make his decision, unless he’s already decided to return to OKC, whether on a five-year deal or the expected two-year deal with an opt out in the second season. Then he may not even entertain such offers.”

We’re exactly a month away from July 1. That’s the day we will essentially know what Kevin Durant plans to do with his immediate future. Of course,  Durant’s camp would likely give us enough hints prior to the big day.