The Golden States Warriors, with all their tools to make a run for another championship this year, could add another superstar to their roster in the person of former NBA MVP Kevin Durant.
Yes, the Warriors are reportedly in best position to sign Durant over any other teams, including the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and hometown ballclub Washington Wizards, simply because they give him the opportunity to contend for a title immediately.
The Vertical and Yahoo Sports lead writer Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed a league source told him the Warriors will be considered as ‘the significant frontrunners’ in the event Durant bolts out of Oklahoma this coming offseason.
“The Golden State Warriors’ plan of pursuit predates their 2015 championship run, a bold plot to declare the futility of resistance. It isn’t only that the NBA champions are determined to recruit Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the truth is that they’re the most intriguing destination to him. If Durant leaves the Thunder, the Warriors are the significant frontrunners to sign him, league sources told The Vertical.”
Wojnarowski stated Golden State is an appealing destination for Durant because they have the ingredients of a great organization: a championship-contending roster with their nucleus intact (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green), great coach in Steve Kerr and a committed owner in Joe Lacob. Not to mention the endless business opportunities that await Durant at Bay Area.
The Warriors, who just locked in cornerstone Green for the next five years, will have the financial flexibility to sign a max-contract player like Durant, thanks to an expected jump in cap space and several expiring contracts.
Outside the Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are mentioned as the other options, although their chance at landing Durant is remote.
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