NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant top target for Miami Heat, not Hassan Whiteside or Dwyane Wade

NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant top target for Miami Heat, not Hassan Whiteside or Dwyane Wade

The Miami Heat led by Dwyane Wade failed in their bid for a dream match-up against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Heat are serious in their pursuit of free agent Kevin Durant this summer with the franchise going all-in in signing the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar.

Dan Le Batard of ESPN claims that the Heat’s main plan this offseason is to first sign Kevin Durant and prioritize his signing over own Heat free agents like shooting guard Dwyane Wade and center Hassan Whiteside.

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“The plan is and always has been: Go after Durant and free everything up – so much so that you insulted your superstar this offseason by telling Dwyane Wade now for multiple years, even though that’s what he wanted. Dwyane, who deserves more of your allegiances as business and a company and management than Chris Bosh does. Because the whole thing is to get in a room with Durant after this season,” Le Batard said on his ESPN radio show.

“What I’m telling you, no matter how much you laugh at it, is that the Heat is getting in the room with Durant. Now, what happens from there, who knows? But you can sit here and laugh at it all you want, but the plan, the construct is – the priority, the No. 1 thing this offseason – is get in the room with Durant.”

As early as the last offseason the Heat were one of the teams in NBA rumors that are reportedly interested in Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent after the season. Lots of other teams will also chase Durant, with franchises like the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors, among others, this summer.

Will the Heat be successful in their bid to land the top free agent Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason? NBA rumors concerning Durant will continue despite the fact that OKC is still in the NBA Playoffs and contending for a title. Will KD leave OKC for another team next season?

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  • Janine

    Man, Dan the Bastard is so full of shit. The only way that D-Wade is leaving Miami is on a stretcher. Everyone knows that. He is and has always been our franchise player. A living legend, our guaranteed hall of famer. Trading him is something that Riley and Arison would never dream of doing, just on principle. I know how this team works. I’ve been keeping tabs on them since I was a preteen. If they were just about the money and rings, they would have ditched Udonis Haslem years ago. But they won’t, because they believe in family. Mark my words, Flash was born with the Heat and he’ll die with the Heat.

    • Janine

      Dwyane Wade IS the Heat, always has been, just like Tim Duncan IS the Spurs and Kobe Bryant WAS the Lakers. You don’t trade away the superstar definition of your team. The fans would mutiny. It would be a travesty, not to mention bad for business. D-Wade is such a beloved figure down here that one or two times we legally changed the county’s name from Dade County to Wade County, I shit you not. He is the most beloved sports figure we’ve ever had. Believe you me, he’s not going anywhere.