The Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t very pleased with Golden State Warriors pursing Kevin Durant in free agency this offseason, according to a league source.
It’s very likely that Durant returns to Thunder on a short-term deal and test free agency next season. However, if he decides to bolt this summer, the Warriors are apparently atop of the list of teams that will make a strong push for the former MVP.
Kevin Durant Free Agency: Warriors want in
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Golden State Warriors Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs are all going to aggressively pursue Durant this offseason.
The Undefeated’s Marc Spears has reported that the Thunder are uncomfortable with Warriors’ infatuation for Durant. “Oklahoma City has been understandably nervous about Durant’s free agency for a while. The Warriors’ infatuation with him is a real concern to the Thunder, a source said, but could he sign in the Bay Area after this?” Spears wrote in a feature article published on Tuesday.
Spears reasoned that OKC doesn’t have appeal of the Bay Area. “No, Oklahoma City doesn’t exude the same sexiness and off-the-court fun that the Bay Area, Manhattan, Hollywood, South Beach and his hometown of Washington, D.C., offer. But, from a basketball standpoint, which is most important, Durant loves the direction the Thunder are currently heading and may not have a better option. Thunder brass is expected to push this positive direction to Durant among the reasons to re-sign in free agency.”
Andre Igudala fuels the fire…
Barely hours after Warriors beat Thunder and advanced to the NBA finals, forward Andre Igudala told reporters that “it must be fun playing with a guy (Durant) like that”.
Over the next 30 days, Durant will talk to his agent Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation besides his childhood friend Charlie Bell before coming to a conclusion. “We will figure it out. I will talk to my agent, my best friend and my dad. Just talk to those three guys and get some advice from other people. But for the most part, I will talk to them in the next couple of weeks. I don’t even know where my mind is right now.”
Some have also floated the possibility of Kevin Durant forming a Big Three with fellow free agents in a major market team such as Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics. As it stands, smart money is Durant returns to OKC on a short-team deal.