NBA Rumors: At exactly 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, teams can begin meeting with Kevin Durant. According to league sources, the unrestricted free agent will grant meetings to Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, at the least.
While Washington Wizards were previously in the running, recent reports suggest that Durant won’t consider his hometown franchise. Also, Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks will try to seek a meeting but most likely won’t receive one.
“The only thing that I’ve been told definitely about Kevin Durant is the Washington Wizards are out of the mix. He is not interested in going to play for his hometown team,” ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith said last month.
Spurs or Warriors?
Though the Warriors and Spurs are primed to make a run at the championship this postseason, both teams are fascinated by the possibility of adding Durant, arguably the most gifted scorer in the league. Last month, Chris Mannix of The Vertical explored Durant’s free agency and revealed that Spurs could emerge as the unlikely favorite to sign the former MVP.
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“Still, so much remains unknown. The lure of playing with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson has to be appealing, but would Durant really jump to a possible two-time champion, to a team that will never be his? 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.
Do Spurs have a shot?
The Spurs have always preferred to build championships squads via the draft. The likes of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard are all products of Gregg Popovich’s system. However, the signing of LaMarcus Aldridge has changed that perception. Also, the emergence of Golden State Warriors has forced the Spurs to add the NBA champions star-for-star.
For the Spurs to sign Durant, it would take a lot of sacrifices on the part of Duncan and Ginobili. Also, they would have to most likely trade Danny Green to open some more cap space. It’s not impossible, though. They did trade Tiaggo Splitter to Atlanta Hawks before inking Aldridge. Technically, every team has a shot at acquiring Durant – provided players can be moved around to create room.
Early end to the drama?
There is another theory that Durant could sign an early extension with Oklahoma City Thunder – to effectively end the drama of free agency. That is a legitimate possibility if the Thunder make the NBA Finals or even win the championship. If they get eliminated in the first or second round, Durant is almost certain to explore all options and grant teams the opportunity to recruit him.
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