Kevin Durant will most likely miss all of next season, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the biggest name in free agency. However, the torn Achilles he suffered in the postseason could affect his market.
The majority of NBA insiders are reporting that Durant will receive a max contract from Golden State. Obviously the front office wants to take care of him during his rehab.
Brooklyn is gaining momentum in the race for Durant, as there is some belief that a duo with Kyrie Irving can come into fruition.
The Nets and Knicks are expected to have interest in Durant this summer. On the flip side, the Clippers and 76ers are actually backing off in their pursuit of the All-Star forward.
According to NBA insider Rich Bucher, both teams want to focus on their current core of talent. The Clippers are going after Kawhi Leonard, whereas the Sixers have to re-sign Jimmy Butler or Tobias Harris.
From Bleacher Report:
While sources close to Durant and the teams involved say neither the Knicks nor Nets are concerned about signing him to a maximum four-year deal even if he’s unavailable most of next season, his injury has shrunk the number of teams interested overall. One league executive said the Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, who were both at one point interested, have backed off their pursuit because they are focused on building off their playoff success this past season.
At this point it seems like the Warriors and Nets will battle for Durant this summer.
We’ll keep you updated on all the madness taking place in free agency.