Kevin Durant’s giveaway group strictly starts subsequent week, with teams means to accommodate with Durant during 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday night/Friday morning. Word had already widespread that Durant skeleton to horde teams in Los Angeles (where he lives in a offseason) to accept pitches instead of visiting several teams. Now comes acknowledgment of what was expected; a Warriors, Spurs and Thunder are a initial 3 teams on a list. From ESPN:
Sources told ESPN that a list of teams that get to representation Durant directly will grow before NBA giveaway group strictly commences Jul 1 during 12:01 a.m. ET, though a list of reliable suitors for now facilities a Thunder and their dual categorical rivals in a Western Conference.
The Warriors and Spurs, sources say, are both already formulation to bucket a craft full of pivotal organizational total — including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for Golden State, and Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan for San Antonio — to fly to an undisclosed plcae once free-agency deteriorate starts to try to captivate Durant divided from a usually authorization he has ever played for.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Sports has a some-more finish list that includes a Celtics, Heat and Clippers, along with some dreamers.
Durant’s member during Roc Nation are operative to indurate invitations with a Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Thunder, joining sources said.
Durant’s open and private criteria for a free-agent preference routine have pertained to a unaccompanied focus: a possibility to win titles immediately.
Several teams that have seductiveness in Durant – a Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards – could still find audiences with him, though seem to be outsiders in a routine now.
So that list jibes in vast partial with what we wrote on Friday, those teams have been during a tip of a list for a while. But to run them down, here are a categorical offers from any team:
- Oklahoma City Thunder: We’ve been here with we given a beginning. We have done a Western Conference finals 4 times; we’ve put a winning group around you. You adore OKC. OKC loves you. We have Russell Westbrook and no one else can. We can offer some-more money.
- Golden State Warriors: We won 73 games final year. We have a many fun group in a joining in one of a many fun cities in a league. We’re light years forward of a competition, outward of that hapless “losing after going adult 3-1 in a Finals for a initial time in NBA history” thing. You can watch Steph leap a lot and afterwards shoot, and be super tighten for it. Draymond substantially won’t flog we in a groin as most as he does other people.
- San Antonio Spurs: We have Gregg Popovich and good tacos. We’re a best classification in sports and there are no concerns about distractions.
- Los Angeles Clippers: You get to live in L.A., we get to play with Chris Paul, and we won’t have to have that distressed demeanour on your face when your shooters skip far-reaching open shots since we have J.J. Redick.
- Boston Celtics: You like Larry Bird, he played for us a prolonged time ago. We mislaid to Atlanta in a initial round, so we’re right there. Brad Stevens is a Level 50 mage.
- Miami Heat: (Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade hit on a list with their championship rings to a balance of “Shave and a Haircut.” )
- New York Knicks: Phil Jackson won 11 championships, we get to play with Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, and a city never sleeps.
- Los Angeles Lakers: You can get your possess radio uncover and we put a parental close on D’Angelo Russell’s phone.
- Houston Rockets: James Harden. Also a Texas income taxation thing.
- Washington Wizards: You lived here a prolonged time ago. Also, John Wall.
- Denver Nuggets: Witness a beauty of a Continental Divide!
Durant is widely approaching to sojourn with a Thunder, during slightest on a one-year deal, with Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook both giveaway agents in 2017. The Thunder dealt Serge Ibaka to a Magic on Thursday.