Kevin Durant, a free agent this summer, wants the same treatment that fellow superstar LeBron James received a few seasons ago, per latest NBA Rumors.
According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward is excited about the fact that a host of teams will try to recruit him. “Durant is looking forward to being recruited, to being courted, to being treated like the biggest free-agent prize since LeBron James six years ago. The chances of Durant sending a simple tweet again announcing his return are virtually nonexistent, but the Thunder remain hopeful that his decision, regardless of how this season ends, is the same,” writes Mannix.
Not as simple as 2010…
In the summer of 2010, Durant announced his decision to re-sign with the Thunder with a simple tweet (see below). This time, however, Durant’s eventual decision could shock the world. Though Durant has expressed his desire to return to Oklahoma, league insiders believe the superstar will pursue greener pastures, especially if his team fails to make noise in the postseason.
In recent months, Durant has been linked with Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and most recently, the San Antonio Spurs. Last week, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith ruled out the possibility of Durant returning home to Washington Wizards.
Short term deal…
At this stage, everything is merely conjecture and speculation. Regardless of who Durant signs with, Mannix speculates that it won’t be a long-term deal. “Wherever Durant signs, it likely won’t immediately be for the long term. Financially, it makes little sense. A nine-year veteran, Durant is eligible for the Tier 2 max salary – $25 million annually – against a cap estimated at around $90 million in 2016. In 2017, when executives predict the cap could rise to $110 million, Durant would be eligible for a Tier 3 max deal beginning at $34.5 million annually,” reads the Yahoo report.
LeBron James, too, has been signing two-year deals with an opt out option in the second year. This has helped LeBron maximize the skyrocketing salary cap. Perhaps Durant is following suit?
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