An anonymous NBA agent boldly claimed recently, which spurred more NBA rumors, that Kevin Durant is actually just considering two teams—the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors—after earlier pronouncements from the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar that he’s hosting six teams for consideration as his next NBA team.
Earlier in the week, Durant is reportedly hosting six teams, two from the Eastern Conference and four from the Western Conference, in his Los Angeles home beginning July 1, the official start of the NBA free agency period for 2016.
“A player in Durant’s situation is totally unique. He is more anticipating seeing the pitches from other teams just because he wants to,” An unnamed NBA agent was quoted by The Oklahoman.
“So Golden State and Miami become the only real players. It’s too hard to justify a move to Los Angeles (Lakers) or New York because they are not close to winning. Houston’s out.”
It’s a given that along with the Warriors and Heat, if the agent’s prediction is true, the Thunder are also on top of the free agency destination list since the team performed well in the recent 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Re-signing a long-term deal with the Thunder will also mean that Durant will get the full max contract and longer deal he won’t get with any other NBA team this summer.
There are some doubts on why Durant will consider the Heat since their roster is not sure of being a title contender next year, unlike the Warriors. Miami still has to re-sign center Hassan Whiteside and will wait on the status of Chris Bosh, who could retire from the league due to injury problems.
The Warriors are one of the favorites for Durant because their roster is intact featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. With KD in that line-up, they would once again be the favorites to make the NBA Finals from the Western Conference and will be again the best team to win the NBA title next season.
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