Kevin Durant is expected to make his decision soon and three teams, the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and Oklahoma City Thunder, remain the strong contenders for the 2016 top free agent.
The Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have made their own unique strategies in order to sign Kevin Durant to their team. The Thunder made their first move in the recent NBA draft by trading Serge Ibaka for Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and Domantas Sabonis.
Many have praised this decision by the Thunder, including Kevin Durant. According to Royce Young of ESPN, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors are the frontrunners to sign the 27-year-old small forward.
In the case of Golden State Warriors, their current status in the league could be a major factor for Kevin Durant. The Thunder superstar already revealed that his choice in free agency is mainly a ‘basketball decision’. Many have interpreted this statement as Durant’s willingness to win a championship title next season and joining a title contender team is a must.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, NBA Legend Jerry West, a member of Warriors’ executive board, spoke to Durant by telephone on Saturday. West did not tell Kevin Durant which team to choose but rather gave reasons on why he will be a good fit with the Golden State Warriors.
The Boston Celtics are considered the ‘dark horse’ in the pursuit for Kevin Durant. The Celtics made an impressive presentation for Kevin Durant, as well the inclusion of Durant’s favourite quarterback, Tom Brady.
The Celtics also recently acquired Al Horford, who is reportedly having ‘mutual interest’ with Kevin Durant. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has long been eyeing to sign Durant with their team. There were previous rumors saying that Ainge wanted to revive the Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen tandem that gave them an NBA championship title in 2007.
If Kevin Durant signs with either Celtics, Thunder or Warriors, there are speculations that he will be signing a ‘LeBron James’ deal. This includes a two-year deal with a player option in the second year. However, things are expected to change once Durant officially announced his decision in free agency.
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