Latest On Kevin Durant’s Free Agency

League insiders believe the second-round win over the Spurs was enough to keep Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City, according to Bobby Marks of The Vertical. In a video, Marks says the most likely scenario is for Durant to sign a one-year deal with the Thunder worth about $25.9MM that includes a player option for 2017/18.

Next summer, Durant will have 10 years of NBA experience and will become a Tier Three Max player, which means Oklahoma City could offer him more than $200MM over five seasons. If Durant opts for a long-term deal this offseason, OKC can offer five years at about $145MM. Risks involved in choosing a single-season deal are Durant’s injury history and the possibility of a new collective bargaining agreement next year that would shake up the league’s salary structure. Marks lists the Spurs, Heat, Celtics and Warriors as teams expected to make a run at Durant, while ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter) adds the Rockets, Knicks, Lakers, and Wizards to that list.

Durant told Sam Amick of USA Today that he was able to push the free agency issue aside and concentrate fully on every playoff game. “If this would have happened four years ago, I would have been everywhere – my mind would have been everywhere,” he said. “So I’m happy that I was able to focus and lock in and give my all to my team every single night.” Whether it’s a clue to his decision or not, Durant later added, “I see bright things for this team. And it’s great to be a part of it.”

San Antonio, Miami and Golden State are the top contenders if Durant decides to go elsewhere, writes Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Isola contends the Knicks could be helped if Durant opts for a one-year contract because it gives them another season to improve, along with another year of growth for rookie Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks hurt their case when they fired coach Derek Fisher, Durant’s former teammate, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. Two advantages they have are that Carmelo Anthony, who has a good relationship with Durant, wants to be part of the recruitment process, and that Durant’s father is a longtime fan of the Knicks. However, New York assistant Brian Keefe, who was Durant’s workout partner in Oklahoma City, reportedly won’t be part of Jeff Hornacek’s new staff.

The odds against Durant signing with the Heat are even greater than they were against LeBron James coming to Miami in 2010, argues Ethan Skolnick of The Miami Herald. Skolnick writes that team president Pat Riley’s best chance is to sell Durant on the possibility of winning a championship with the Heat. However, the 55-win Thunder are also serious title contenders, Durant doesn’t have a close relationship with any of the Miami players like James did with Dwyane Wade and the new restrictions on sign-and-trade deals make it more difficult for players to recoup whatever money they give up to sign with another team.

Durant and the Clippers could both change their postseason fortunes if they unite, writes Dan Woike of The Orange County Register. Woike notes that L.A. won’t have the money to pursue the OKC star because two thirds of its cap room is tied up in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but he argues that it might be worth trading one of those three to create the room to sign Durant.

Durant’s friendship with James Harden and the addition of an offensive-minded coach in Mike D’Antoni give the Rockets a least a fighting chance of landing Durant, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com. In addition, Rex Kalamian, who may join D’Antoni’s staff, coached both Harden and Durant when he was an assistant with the Thunder.

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ryanmcg125
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ryanmcg125
3 months 26 days ago

My bet is durant goes to boston

ryanmcg125
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ryanmcg125
3 months 26 days ago

My bet is durant is going to boston

ryanmcg125
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ryanmcg125
3 months 26 days ago

I think terrance knighton (pot roast) will convince him to come to bean town. Also i think he is fed up with westbrook outdressing him.

@CW_Crouse
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@CW_Crouse
3 months 26 days ago

If like to see him in Boston and Westbrook in LA. Sorry OKC.

padam
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padam
3 months 26 days ago

OKC for one year. Spurs if he’s looking for more years…

Jalil jemmott
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Jalil jemmott
3 months 26 days ago

KD will take less then the max 7 year deal Miami heat with probably with or without Lebron we build a strong team at every position

GabeOfThrones
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GabeOfThrones
3 months 26 days ago

This is nonsensical.

Raiders32
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Raiders32
3 months 25 days ago

They can only offer 4 years

Jalil jemmott
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Jalil jemmott
3 months 26 days ago

We need play and think smart also some money for every free agency summer and make dumb stupid moves. If it comes down to trading next season do him the same way we traded jarnell Stokes for two draft picks

GabeOfThrones
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GabeOfThrones
3 months 26 days ago

This is also nonsensical.

Bosster
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Bosster
3 months 26 days ago

Durant would be a good pickup for the Blazers. With Dame and C.J. they would be unstoppable

TheChanceyColborn
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TheChanceyColborn
3 months 26 days ago

Didn’t Portland choose Oden before KD when he was drafted?

McConaughey'sLincoln
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McConaughey'sLincoln
3 months 25 days ago

Hey hey in their defense, we know most teams would have done the same.

Bbone34
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Bbone34
3 months 25 days ago

Oden was supposed to be the safe pick, most people agreed that Durant had the highest upside so I don’t think it was necessarily a given Oden should’ve been #1

Sky14
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Sky14
3 months 26 days ago

I think it is almost certain he will stay with the Thunder on a 2 year deal with an opt out. If he does leave on a longterm deal, a darkhorse team he should consider is the Minnesota Timberwolves. With a core of Durant, Wiggins, Towns, Rubio, Lavine, Dieng, Shabazz, along with whoever they draft at 5 this year, they would be incredibly young, talented and deep with a great coach. It is very unlikely, as he would likely favor a more established team but it would be a very shrewd move.

halos101
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halos101
3 months 26 days ago

Oh wow that just got me intrigued haha. Durant going to that team would make things so interesting.

Bbone34
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Bbone34
3 months 25 days ago
I doubt it highly. I’d expect there’s little to no draw for him to be on a team where he has all the attention. Leaving OKC would mean joining a team who has proven stars (i.e. LAC, Miami, GSW, Spurs) or has the ability to acquire proven stars (i.e. Boston). Minnesota has nice up incoming pieces but I don’t think Durant wants to have to trust the development of these young guys. He wants to win now, if he didn’t want to win he’d stay with his best friend Westbrook in OKC and there wouldn’t be any talk of leaving.
CursedRangers
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CursedRangers
3 months 26 days ago

Signs a 3 or 4 year max contract with a player only opt out after 1 year.

JT19
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JT19
3 months 26 days ago

I’m pretty sure NBA contracts don’t work like MLB contracts. The “opt-out” would be a player option and, as far as I know, player/team options are the last season of a deal.

Bbone34
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Bbone34
3 months 25 days ago

You’re partially correct. Player opt outs have to be before the last season but it’s my understanding that a team option can be either before the last season or before the second to last season.

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