Currently, Kevin Durant is rehabbing his way back from a strained calf, hoping to return to the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Finals. In a little more than a month, he will enter free agency.
That’s when things will really get interesting. The last time Durant was a free agent, he shook up the league by electing to sign with Golden State in 2016.
Where will he go this time? Everybody seems to have a guess, but a new report indicates two teams are standing out to sign the superstar.
In New York Times NBA insider Marc Stein’s latest newsletter, he says the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an “equally dangerous threat” to the New York Knicks.
Within the last month, very smart and plugged-in people I have consulted say that the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Durant away from Golden State. And I believe it.
Problem is, at various points during the season, I have heard trusted insiders state with conviction that Durant is already planning to join the Knicks … and then that he is likely to consider the Nets as well … and now that he is eyeing the Clippers just as intently as New York.
Stein does caution that any firm predictions on what Durant will do are “ill-advised.” You can expect rumors and reports to fly over the next month.
If Durant goes to the Knicks, he will get to play in a major market and potentially be a savior for team in desperate need of one. If Kyrie Irving follows him, the Knicks will likely go from the worst record in the NBA to the playoffs in one year.
However, if Durant opts for the Clippers, he gets to stay in California and in the Western Conference. He’ll also join a better supporting cast and more stable organization.