Kevin Durant decision expected within next 24-36 hours.
As the NBA world waits to see where Kevin Durant will choose to play next season, the former league MVP is reportedly targeting a decision that will take place by the end of the Fourth of July.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports, “Kevin Durant has told clubs he is meeting with that his decision will be made within the next 24-36 hours, according to league sources.”
That shouldn’t bode well for Durant taking his talents to South Beach because he hasn’t even met with Pat Riley and the Miami Heat yet.
Durant has met with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Let’s just dismiss the Heat because Durant is prepping to make his decision and hasn’t met them yet, so it’s fair to say they don’t have a great chance. And we can dismiss the Clippers who re-signed Austin Rivers on Saturday evening and leaving no room to fit his salary.
That leaves the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder and the Celtics as options. The Celtics signed Al Horford in the biggest move in free agency so far and Boston GM Danny Ainge brought out Tom Brady to help with the recruiting pitch in the Hamptons.
The Warriors beat the Thunder in the NBA Playoffs after erasing a 3-1 deficit and you can’t dismiss a 73-win team that was one win away from a second championship in two years.
The Spurs lost to Durant and the Thunder in the playoffs, but I still believe Durant will re-sign with the Thunder on a massive one-year deal with a player option for a second year. Durant can command $30 million after the salary cap went up this year and may not want to commit long-term with Russell Westbrook scheduled to be a free agent next year.
Whether Durant stays with the Thunder or bolts for the Celtics, Warriors or Spurs, the NBA world should have an answer in the next day or so.
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