Kevin Durant enters this offseason with a ton of uncertainty due to his torn Achilles. And yet, it's easy to see teams get in a bidding war for his services in free agency.
Even though Durant will most likely miss all of next season, the All-Star forward is expected to earn a max contract from Golden State. However, re-signing with the Warriors doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be on the move.
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Warriors could partake in a delayed sign and trade. This would allow Durant to receive a five-year deal and play elsewhere.
Windhorst believes it's a scenario that is currently being discussed behind closed doors.
"One of the things that is being discussed right now is that the Golden State Warriors would offer Kevin Durant a five-year contract, $57 million extra than he could get signing elsewhere, let him rehab and then work with him to be traded," Windhorst said on Get Up. "Potentially to New York, potentially to somewhere else. It would be their way to sort of take care of him monetarily after what he just went through and also protect the franchise and get some assets."
Here is the full segment from ESPN:
Durant can earn the most money per season if he re-signs with Golden State, which could make this potential trade the perfect solution for both parties.
Golden State can take care of Durant while he rehabs, and then deal him to a team of his choosing. Trading a player of Durant's caliber would warrant an immense haul in return.