Kevin Durant will meet selected rival teams before making his impending free agency decision. The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly interested in Durant.
Durant and Russell Westbrook led Thunder to the Western Conference Finals. It is widely regarded that Durant will re-sign for Oklahoma in a plus-one max contract in this free agency. Durant would like to re-enter free agency again in 2017 summer when his fellow partner Westbrook also becomes a free agent.
But according to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Spurs and the Warriors will meet Durant to pitch their offer.
“The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs regarded by many rival executives as the two biggest threats to lure Durant away from the Thunder”, wrote Stein.
The Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star clinched the MVP award in 2014 when his team was defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in the West Finals. Durant underwent a number of foot surgeries to recover from the lingering injuries during 2014-15.
This season the 27-year-old shouldered his team to a situation where they were only one game away from the NBA Finals. In the most exciting Conference Finals of the recent past, Thunder was eliminated by the reigning champions Warriors in seven games. Durant and Westbrook formed the nucleus of the team, which also saw development of junior players like Steven Adams and Andre Roberson. Thunder’s performance this season can lure their key player to return at Oklahoma for another season with the mission of leading the side to a maiden championship title.
After all, Kevin Durant has revealed in recent past that he wants a taste of the championship.
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