Kevin Durant is the hottest name in the NBA rumors section and the Toronto Raptors remain optimistic that they have a shot at signing the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar this summer, according to a report.
The Raptors, coming off their best regular season (56 wins) and postseason performance in franchise history, came close to making their first NBA Finals appearance but fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Getting a superstar like Kevin Durant can push them to the next level or past LeBron James’ Cavaliers. However, if they chase the OKC superstar in free agency it could cost them their current star, DeMar DeRozan, who is an unrestricted free agent this 2016 offseason like Durant.
DeRozan is reportedly looking for a maximum contract like Durant and there is a possibility that rival teams like the Los Angeles Lakers can steal him in free agency. DeRozan said after their loss to the the Cavaliers in the East Finals that he’s willing to stay in Toronto for the long-term.
Meanwhile, Durant has been in NBA rumors as expected, with teams like the Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and others saying that they will try to convince the OKC star to sign with them.
The Raptors don’t have the same chance as the other teams but Durant said in the past that he was a Raptors and Vince Carter fan growing up and the Canadian team hopes that it can be a factor in KD’s free agency decision.
The Raptors also have Bismack Biyombo to deal with in free agency this offseason. This means that Toronto will be among the teams involved in a lot of NBA rumors when free agency opens officially on July 1.
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