Kevin Durant will likely quit Oklahoma City Thunder and join free agency this summer if his team gets routed by the San Antonio Spurs in the ongoing Western Conference semifinals, per league insiders.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, it’s likely that Durant is playing his last playoff series with the team that drafted him with the No.2 overall pick in 2007. “There are consequences for losing this series, and they could resonate forever in the franchise’s history,” Wojnarowski wrote on Sunday after the Thunder suffered a humiliating defeat in Game 1 of the series.
“This is a frightening proposition, the idea that the first steps of Durant’s free agency could begin with a humiliation at the hands of the Spurs,” added Wojnarowski, before lauding Durant’s commitment to the task at hand despite the fact that free agency looms in a few months.
Kevin Durant Free Agency: Warriors Vs Spurs?
The Yahoo scoop master also revealed that both Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are in play to acquire Durant’s services this offseason. “San Antonio and Golden State aren’t only trying to beat the Thunder, they’re threatening to end them forever. Durant is a free-agent play for the best two teams in the NBA, and Oklahoma City needs to make a stand and needs to make it now.”
Warriors and Spurs are expected to meet in the Western Conference Finals unless Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder find a way to upset Greg Popovich’s squad.
According to Wojnarowski, the Thunder organization has little chance to convince Durant to stay put. “Somehow, the Thunder are holding tight to a franchise that needs to convince Kevin Durant that he’s getting closer to a championship – not further away.”
At exactly 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, teams can begin pitching to Kevin Durant. But the Spurs and Warriors are already pitching to him – through their actions on the court.