NBA Free Agency: Kevin Durant gets hot, bidding war coming?

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It has been less than a week since the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated from the Western Conference Finals by the Golden State Warriors, but it seems that everyone is still talking about Kevin Durant’s free agency destination. The 27-year-old power forward has been the subject of endless rumors and speculations over the past couple of days. No doubt, Durant will be one of the most sought-after free agents this summer.

For well over a year, as Kevin Durant’s impending 2016 free agency loomed in the distant future, the industry has speculated over Durant’s future. Will the former MVP stay in Oklahoma City, or will he sign a one- or two-year deal For Lakers or the Heat?

Right now, It’s still too early to make a prediction where Durant might land next, it’s a highly volatile world anything could happen. Durant can re-sign with the Thunder this summer for another five years or perhaps go anywhere.

Going elsewhere could also be a good idea for Durant, he just completed his ninth season in the NBA league. This means that he is now eligible to earn 30 percent of the expected $92 million cap number next season.

Durant can also follow the heels of LeBron James, where he teamed up with another NBA superstars Dwayne Wade of Miami Heat to form a so-called superteam.

Durant is getting too much attention now and is expected to be courted this summer by several teams. The latest list of teams, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, are expected to seriously pursue the Oklahoma City Star.

These include some biggest teams in the league: Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, LA Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and last, the Golden State Warriors. All are said to be keen on signing Durant to their teams.

The fact that these teams are interested in signing Durant should come as no surprise to everyone. This has been expected before, he was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2014 and is one of the best players in the NBA today. No doubt these teams will keep on chasing him.

Of course, it should also come as no surprise to everyone in the basketball circle that Durant will try to meet and talks with teams. In a free agency market, meeting with anyone to hear their sales pitch is still the smartest way to do. It’s like doing business, where you need to talk and hear someone else.

That’s exactly would happen here, Durant will definitely meet with guys and will try to create some interesting conversation. But this would not come as easy talks for Durant, expects some big moves and some freaky tug-of-war between these teams.

Still, it’s really hard to imagine seeing Heat, Rockets, Knicks, Lakers, or Rockets legitimately competing for a single player, Kevin Durant. The Wizards recently picked former Thunder coach Scott Brooks for Durant-related reasons. Other teams like the Boston Celtics have formidable assets to pursue or theoretically trade for another NBA big name, but would an NBA superstar like Durant really opt for Boston Celtics?

For the Heat, it’s different, for as long as Pat Riley is in charge of the team, it’s impossible to disregard the teams’ ability to lure big-time free agents to Miami. And then, there’s also the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rocket, who already shown their strong interest in signing Durant.

Finally, there’s Warriors, the team that ended Kevin Durant’s dream of NBA title, are said to be serious also on signing Durant, as being reported. Warriors will not miss this great opportunity: to get one of the best players in the NBA today.

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