Kevin Durant, an unrestricted free agent this summer, hasn’t dropped hints about his future plans, but there are several league sources who believe San Antonio Spurs could potentially emerge as a destination for the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar.
In recent months, the former MVP has been linked with Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, but Durant’s low-profile personality and team-first attitude are the perfect ingredients of a Spurs player. According to a source close to the situation, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will personally meet Durant and try to recruit him, the way he did with LaMarcus Aldridge during the previous offseason.
Changing the stereotype…
Traditionally, the Spurs have preferred to build home-grown stars through the Draft. However, they changed the stereotype last year by signing Aldridge to a four-year max deal. With the salary cap set to explode in the coming seasons, the Spurs will be armed with enough cap space to pursue Durant, provided Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili take paycuts, and the Spurs decide to move Danny Green.
Also, the Spurs have been forced to up the ante due to the rapid rise of the Golden State Warriors. To match the Warriors talent-for-talent, the Spurs have no choice but to recruit marquee free agents. Last month, Chris Mannix of The Vertical revealed that Spurs are already exploring ways to add Durant to their roster next season.
“San Antonio has rebuilt its dynasty, but rival executives believe the Spurs will explore ways of adding Durant to the mix, and the franchise’s culture makes it intriguing,” wrote Mannix.
According to Mannix, every team in the league is keeping close tabs on its 2016-17 payroll with Durant on their minds. “The fight for Durant doesn’t formally begin until July, but make no mistake: Teams are already gearing up. The coming spike in the salary cap has created a landscape for which nobody prepared.”
Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge could form the New Big Three in San Antonio. Do you think Durant signs with the Spurs? Stay tuned for latest NBA Rumors.