Kevin Durant will make his much-anticipated free agency decision on Monday, the fourth of July, according to several reports.
For several weeks, the former MVP was expected to re-sign with Oklahoma City Thunder and opt out next year to once again become a free agent. However, several sources indicate that Durant could be signing with Golden State Warriors, the back-to-back western conference champions.
Durant’s final decision could be swayed due to a phone call from Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West, who serves as a member of the Warriors’ Executive Board. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, West had a lengthy phone conversation with Durant on Saturday to persuade the forward to join the Bay Area franchise.
“West 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, according to sources,” reported Broussard.
Kevin Durant courted by Warriors stars
The Warriors were the first team to meet Durant (after incumbent Oklahoma City Thunder) when the superstar started his free agency tour at the Hamptons on Friday. The Warriors were reportedly represented by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Igudala, Bob Myers (general manger) and owner Joe Lacob.
One way or another, the world will know Durant’s decision on Monday, as confirmed by NBA.com’s David Aldridge and Broussard. Durant met Thunder, Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat over the weekend. The Thunder reportedly met Durant for a second time on Sunday after his meeting with Heat president Pat Riley.
Do Celtics have a shot?
Boston improved their chances of landing Durant after acquiring all-star center Al Horford on Saturday. However, sources indicate that Thunder and Warriors are the only teams with a realistic chance to sign Durant.
Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reported Sunday that Durant is “seriously consider Celtics” after a meeting Saturday which saw Boston being represented by Patriots legend Tom Brady.
“A league source with intimate knowledge of Boston’s thinking in regards to Durant as well as another league source, both told CSNNE.com that Boston’s pitch to Durant this weekend was good enough to where he’s “seriously considering” the Celtics right now as opposed to down the road,” Blakely wrote on Sunday.
Expect Kevin Durant to join Warriors or remain in Oklahoma City. Durant is expected to announce his decision on the Players’ Tribune.