NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant to sign a ‘LeBron James’ deal in Oklahoma City Thunder

United States’ Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant celebrate the men’s gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NBA rumors are now swirling around Kevin Durant. The Oklahoma City Thunder star forward will be facing a tough decision on July 1 regarding on which team he will play next season.

Kevin Durant is undeniably the top player who will be included in the free agency market. Even before the postseason started, there were several teams in the NBA who were expressing their strong interest in signing Durant for their team. These include the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks.

The Los Angeles Lakers think that having an impressive coaching staff can lure Kevin Durant. The Lakers decided to hire Luke Walton as their new head coach and Brian Shaw as an assistant. The Lakers can also give Durant a maximum contract one he signs with the team.

The Boston Celtics are reportedly trying to lure Kevin Durant by having an additional superstar for their team. The Celtics are planning to do what they did in 2007 when the Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen duo gave them a championship title. The Celtics think that having Jimmy Butler in their team could lead to a higher chance to sign Durant.

The New York Knicks are also one of the teams who are dreaming of getting Durant. Carmelo Anthony believes that having Durant in his team can finally give him a championship title. The Knicks has a promising big man, Kristaps Porzingis, who has impressed everyone in his first year in the league.

However, with the recent achievement of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant is expected to return to the team next season. It is undeniable that the Thunder have shown an impressive performance but fell short to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insider believes that Kevin Durant will be re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He said that Durant should re-sign a two-year deal with a player option.

“For Durant, though, the correct play is clear as day: he should re-sign a “LeBron James” deal with the Thunder — a two-year contract with a player option on the second year. In effect, this is a one-year deal.”

“With Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters amongst those comprising his and Russell Westbrook’s support staff, one could make the argument that Durant has the best supporting cast he has enjoyed since his time in the league.” Hamilton wrote.

Still, until July 1, lots of teams are expected to continue their pursuit for Kevin Durant. Though they are expected to offer a maximum contract, Durant will surely choose a team that can compete for 2016-17 NBA championship title.

Photo courtesy: Charles Krupa/AP

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