Kevin Durant is possibly the most desired free agent in years. With Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets already waiting in line to seek a meeting with Durant this summer, you can add Memphis Grizzlies to the ever-growing list.
Historically, Memphis hasn’t been a desired destination for high-profile free agents. However, the Grizzlies front office is keen to sell Durant on the idea of a Big Three comprising of Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Jr. and Durant.
Let’s be realistic: it’s extremely hard to picture Durant going to Memphis. Wouldn’t he rather go to a bigger market with a better roster? They only thing that could lure Durant to Memphis is the blue-collared mentality that the superstar forward is himself known for.
Big Three of Durant, Gasol, Conley
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski revealed on Wednesday that Memphis already have a plan in place to try and acquire Durant. “They are working to keep Conley in summer free agency, with Memphis planning to be one more contender with two stars that will try to persuade Kevin Durant to make it a Big Three, league sources said. Durant’s the longest of long shots in summer, but the short-term trade deadline directives are unchanged: The Grizzlies are determined to use the trade deadline to better the roster for a playoff push,” wrote the acclaimed scoop master.
Durant and the Memphis Grizzlies have a bit of history. In 2013, Grizzlies knocked out Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference semifinals of the post season. A year later, Durant avenged the defeat as his second-seeded Thunder beat the seventh-seeded Grizzlies in a grueling seven-game series that went down to the wire. Durant has often spoken of the respect he has for Memphis’ hard-nosed playing style and low-profile image.
At this stage, everything is merely speculation. There is another theory that Kevin Durant will sign a one-year extension with Oklahoma City Thunder so he can re-enter free agency in 2017 when the salary cap skyrockets. If Durant signs a multi-year deal in 2016, he stands to lose millions.