The NBA Free Agency pipeline is still flowing after LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony clogged it up by taking two weeks to decide where they wanted to play next year.
But already we’re starting to turn our attention to the summer of 2015 and for some the summer of 2016 as some big names are slated to hit the market. Kevin Durant is the biggest of them all and while it seems crazy to think he’d leave Oklahoma City, nothing is impossible after
Stephen A. Smith spoke about where he thinks Durant could end up if he tests free agency in 2016 and the two places he mentioned will have fan bases very pleased to hear Smith’s analysis.
“I don’t think anybody, to be quite honest with you,” Smith said. “Obviously the New York Knicks would be in the mix and what have you. But there are folks that I’ve spoken to that are relatively close to Kevin Durant that tell me if he were to decide to leave Oklahoma City, it would be for the nation’s capital. That’s the kind of dude he is. That’s a place that he would consider.
For full disclosure, Smith went on to immediately say that this is not inside information or anything of the sort, just the feeling he has when looking at the situation. That may not seem like much, and while he’s getting no indications that Durant is planning on leaving in 2016, it says a lot that the conversation has been started — and not by Smith, either.
Durant returning home to Washington would be something amazing for basketball, and while it might hurt small town basketball in Oklahoma City, it would prove that Washington is indeed capable of winning at something.