Although Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward LeBron James can become a free agent in each of the next two years, no one believes he will leave the Cavaliers for a second time. That’s why all of the rumors over the next two years are going to shift to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have both made Durant their number one priority and he hasn’t ruled out a return to the Washington Wizards.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes the Lakers, Knicks, Wizards and Thunder are all in the mix right now.
I think we’re still too far out from Durant’s free agency to really say at this point. It’s 22 and a half months away; go back 22 and a half months in the other direction and the Thunder are sitting there having just come off a Finals appearance and still holding on to James Harden. A lot can happen between now and the summer of 2016. The Thunder, Wizards, Knicks, Lakers and a bunch of other teams are in play.
Durant averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50.3% from the floor, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 87.3% from the charity stripe during the regular season. Then, he averaged 29.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 46.0% from the field, 34.4.1% from beyond the arc and 81.0% from the free throw line in the postseason. In his career, he’s averaged 27.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 47.9% from the field, 37.7% from three and 88.2% from the field.
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