Kevin Durant’s Free Agency Talk
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (35) speaks during a news conference at the team’s practice facility in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP)
The summer of 2016 is the summer of Kevin Durant’s free agency. With his health back to normal and the league’s cap salary rising, teams will definitely seek out max contracts and make room for the 7x All-Star.
Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder finished strong this season, taking the defending NBA champions, Golden State Warriors, to game seven in the Western Conference Finals. Durant averaged a team high 28.4 points while adding on 7.1 rebounds in postseason play.
During the press conference of the game seven loss, Durant was asked about free agency which he replied with “I’m just embracing my teammates and just reflecting on the season.” summing up by saying he will think about the free agency later. It is now “later” and teams are ready to pursue the 2013 league MVP.
Here are three teams, other than OKC, I believe will likely sign Durant at the end of the summer.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) May 31, 2016
Miami Heat: Pat Riley has a history of bringing star talent to South Beach to play alongside Dwayne Wade.
It has been a successful trend for the organization, first with 4x NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal winning one championship in 2006 for the Heat. Then having recent success with LeBron James winning back to back championships for them in 2013 and 2014.
History may repeat itself if Miami can somehow get Durant on the team with a hopeful healthy Chris Bosh and veteran superstar Wade.
Washington Wizards: Like LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavilers, Durant has an opportunity to go back to his home state to compete for a title.
The Wizards have a good young back court with point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal. Having a great scorer on this team like Durant will not only put them back into the playoff scene but will help them compete for the eastern conference title against LeBron and the Cavs.
— WizardsTalk (@WizardsTalk) June 8, 2016
One big detail about this Wizard squad is their new coach, Scott Brooks. Brooks was OKC’s coach from 2008 to 2015 taking them to the finals in 2012. Reuniting with the his old coach in a new city could help the Wizards become successful faster than most will expect.
Boston Celtics: Imagine another Celtics dynasty. This could be a sure thing if Durant decides to take his talents to Boston come fall.
The young talented Celtics squad are a threat to the east with rising stars Isaiah Thomas, Kelly Olynyk, and Marcus Smart. With a young and developing coach, Brad Stevens, the only thing this organization needs is a star. Boston showed in this postseason that they are the scrappy team that can compete in the East.
This would be the team if Durant does go East that would compete with the Cavs in the eastern conference championship year after year.