In just one moment in one game in the NBA Finals, the entire landscape of the NBA changed. Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant’s injury in Game 5 has turned the entire NBA free agency on its head.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant is still planning on testing the free agency waters, with the New York Knicks considered one of the top contenders. The report comes on the heels of a catastrophic Achilles injury to Durant that left him and the Warriors in tears.
Durant still has a $31.5 million player option with the Warriors, but per the report, he sees it as a last resort.
"I think opting in is the last resort."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 12, 2019
Despite the injury, the New York Post noted that teams are unlikely to be discouraged from offering him a four-year, max deal for the Warriors’ superstar.
Going into Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Durant had missed the previous nine games with a calf injury.
He was medically cleared for the game and seemed fine early on, scoring 11 through the first quarter and change. But early in the second quarter, he went down clutching the same injured leg and was quickly diagnosed with an Achilles injury.
The extent of the injury has yet to be revealed, but it’s being widely speculated that if serious, he could be on the shelf for the next six to twelve months.