Although Kevin Durant will most likely miss all of next season, his decision in free agency could still change the landscape of the NBA. The former MVP has the chance to either re-sign with Golden State or pursue a greater challenge elsewhere.
During Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Durant suffered a torn Achilles. The entire basketball community sent their best wishes to one of the best players of this generation.
While it’s not easy to make a full recovery from an injury of that magnitude, Durant is too rare of a talent to ignore. In the event that he chooses to leave Golden State in free agency, there should be multiple max contract offers from other teams on the table.
Surprisingly, the current favorite for Durant might not even be the Warriors.
According to former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins, the Brooklyn Nets are the “frontrunners” to sign Durant. It’s important to note that Perkins and Durant were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
ESPN insider Brian Windhorst didn’t refute that report from Perkins during their time on ESPN’s The Jump. He actually stated that Brooklyn is “gaining confidence” that it can land Durant in free agency.
Here is video of Windhorst and Perkins discussing the Nets’ pursuit of Durant:
On ESPN’s The Jump, @WindhorstESPN says the Nets are “gaining confidence” that they’ll sign Kevin Durant.
Kendrick Perkins says the Nets are the front-runners to land KD.
Windy adds that Perkins is “not the only person involved in the NBA that has told me that.” pic.twitter.com/1svJgn5F6k
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 21, 2019
The Nets could essentially sign Durant and let him make his debut the following season. The team reportedly wants to pair the two-time NBA Finals MVP with Kyrie Irving, who has been heavily connected to the team, which will just about have enough room under the salary cap to sign both superstars if it doesn’t sign All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell to a new deal.
Brooklyn was a pleasant surprise this past season, and clearly the franchise has done enough to make itself a viable option for Durant.
Now, we wait until contract negotiations begin on June 30. Free agency officially opens on July 6.