Kevin Durant’s desperate urge for a championship might propel him to leave Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors, according to a latest report.
Durant, who enters free agency this summer, was widely expected to sign a 1-year extension with the Thunder and re-enter free agency in 2017. However, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reckons that if Thunder can’t beat Warriors in the postseason, Durant may adopt a “can’t beat ’em, join ’em”-type attitude and sign with the defending champions.
“Kevin Durant wants to win a championship right away and either he wants to do that in Oklahoma City with the group they have or he’s going to go somewhere where he can win a title right away,” Wojnarowski, one of NBA’s most credible reporters, told The Big Lead with Jason McIntyre.
Lakers out of the race…
Wojnarowski said that the Lakers didn’t stand a chance to sign Durant, even if they end up with the No.1 overall draft pick. “Durant doesn’t care if they (Lakers) have the first pick, the second pick, third pick; no free agent cares. No free agent of his stature cares what draft pick a team has because that guy is not going to help them win championships in the next two or three years.”
“And if Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma, he wants to be ready to win a championship right away. He’s at a point in his career where he can’t wait two or three years and hope that it happens. I think part of his criteria, sources tell me, will be, ‘Is that team good enough to beat Golden State with me on it?” revealed Wojnarowski.
This spells bad news for all those Lakers fans hoping that Durant will replace Kobe Bryant as the new franchise player. “Listen, I just don’t think that the Lakers are a real significant factor for Kevin Durant.”
If Thunder can somehow upset the San Antonio Spurs or Golden State Warriors this coming post-season, there is strong possibility that Durant stays put in Oklahoma City. However, there are little chances of that happening. Do note that at this point all chatter is merely speculation. However, Wojnarowski is considered an extremely reliable source.
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