NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant to Houston to join friend James Harden? Not so fast…

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James Harden has been very vocal about wanting to play anew with former teammate Kevin Durant with the hope that his team would be able to sign him this summer.

Kevin Durant is obviously the top free agent in the 2016 offseason and there are NBA rumors that he’ll be having face-to-face meetings with a lot of interested NBA teams. However, one team who won’t have a chance of signing the Oklahoma City superstar are the Houston Rockets.

According to ESPN, Durant and Harden, who are close friends, have spent time together earlier this week but it won’t affect Durant’s decision on his free agency plans. Durant and Harden were teammates with the OKC Thunder from 2009 to 2012.

Teams are officially allowed to convince free agents to sign with their teams starting July 1 but Durant has seen his name in NBA rumors being linked to a lot of teams including the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards.

The Rockets can open up salary cap space in their roster with Dwight Howard expected to opt out of his 2016-2017 contract with the Rockets. This will allow Houston to chase one max contract player like Kevin Durant.

Durant and Harden along with star point guard Russell Westbrook had a successful time together with the Thunder but OKC traded Harden to Houston as they did not want to pay the star shooting guard the max contract in 2009.

With Durant out of the equation, the Rockets will now target other top free agents like Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks. Horford has also been mentioned in NBA rumors as the Rockets’ top target this 2016 offseason.

Durant has been the top name in NBA rumors because he’s the only superstar in the free agent market. However, there is also a big chance he stays in OKC after their respectable performance against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

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