The Los Angeles Clippers also want a shot at getting Kevin Durant in 2016 free agency. According to NBA rumors, the Hollywood team will be selling the presence of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin and form a “Big 4” with the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar.
Matt Moore of the Orange County Register claims that the Clippers’ plan to get Durant in free agency is fairly simple. First that they sign the OKC superstar outright by trading away some of their high-salaried players to make room for Durant.
“To make the most competitive offer possible, the Clippers would have to trade J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and C.J. Wilcox and renounce the rights to first-round pick Brice Johnson and all of their own free agents,” Moore wrote to open more NBA rumors of Kevin Durant possibly joining the Clippers this summer.
“The Clippers could also discuss scenarios in which they trade one member of their “Big Three,” either to a team with cap space or to the Thunder in a sign-and-trade.”
According to the report, head coach Doc Rivers and team owner Steve Ballmer are flying to New York to try to convince Durant to sign with their team when free agency officially opens Thursday.
The first scenario appears to be the Clippers gutting their team to create the salary cap space needed to sign Durant. The OKC star is expected to demand a max contract of about $25 million for the 2016-2017 season.
The second scenario means a sign-and-trade likely involving Blake Griffin, who will be shipped to OKC in exchange for Durant.
The Clippers were named in earlier NBA rumors one of the six teams on Kevin Durant’s list of possible next team. Other squads are the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in the East and the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Thunder and Clippers in the West.