Durant Makes Decision – July 4
Taking to The Players’ Tribune, free agent forward Kevin Durant announced his decision to play for the Golden State Warriors next season. His deal will be two-years, $54.3 million, with a player option for year two, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
LAC Out Of KD Sweepstakes – July 3
The Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch reported that Kevin Durant informed the Clippers on Saturday night that he won’t be signing with the team.
KD Enamored With Clippers – July 1
ESPN’s Chris Broussard cited a source who said that Kevin Durant was “blown away” by the Los Angeles Clippers’ presentation after spending four hours with them on Friday. Ownership was most likely pitching KD on the opportunity to form a “Big 4” with him, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin.
Carmelo Anthony Is Already Pitching Durant – June 27
After adding former MVP point guard Derrick Rose, the Knicks are looking to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency, and Carmelo Anthony has already started his recruitment.
The duo headlines the United States’ Olympic team that was rounded over the weekend, and both Durant and ‘Melo have been in New York for the official unveiling of the national team. During an interview with ESPN, ‘Melo said that he and Durant have “been together. We’ve been talking,” according to Marc Stein.
Three More Teams Set To Meet With Durant – June 27
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that three new teams will be sitting down with Kevin Durant this offseason: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers.
The trio above joins San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and Golden State as the only teams who, currently, will meet with KD face-to-face this offseason to pitch themselves. The former MVP is also considering the New York Knicks, who just traded for Derrick Rose to add some more firepower to the lineup.
Free agency doesn’t officially begin until July 1, and Durant has already knocked the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards off his list.
KD Has No Interest In Signing With Houston – June 10
Kevin Durant, this offseason’s most coveted free agent, has reportedly knocked one potential team off his list. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Durant will not be considering the Houston Rockets as a landing spot for him this offseason, despite recently hanging out with Rockets’ superstar James Harden.
The two all-stars were seen in Houston this past week spending some time together, but this is nothing out of the ordinary as both have been friends since Harden was selected by the Thunder in the NBA Draft back in 2009.
Durant — a seven-time all-star, and former MVP — is expected to meet with a bunch of teams when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, most notably the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. As always, the option is there for him to re-sign with Oklahoma City. If he were to return home, it’s very likely it wouldn’t be a max-deal because of how the NBA salary cap is going to rise.
If KD does re-sign, the deal is expected to be similar to what LeBron James signed when he announced his return to Cleveland: a two-year deal with a possible player option.
Why the player option? It’s simple, if Kevin Durant were to enter free agency again in 2017, a five-year max deal would be greater than $200 million.