Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant

NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Leaving Oklahoma City Thunder For San Antonio Spurs

NBA rumors have been swirling around Kevin Durant for much of the past year. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward is set to become a free agent this upcoming summer, and there’s a strong belief that he’s going to be taking his talents elsewhere, leaving behind superstar guard Russell Westbrook. Many potential destinations have been rumored. According to Fox Sports, the San Antonio Spurs will more than likely make him a priority in free agency this summer.

The best team in the NBA right now are the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry and his teammates are dominating the NBA like how Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls did during the 1990’s. They are also in a position to where they can sign Kevin Durant this summer if he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fans of the National Basketball Association are up in arms because they feel that would create such an unfair position in the sport.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard [Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images]
Well, those same fans are going to be up in arms if the second best team in the NBA signs Kevin Durant. Believe it or not, the San Antonio Spurs can actually clear enough cap space to acquire the 6’9″, 240 pound forward. A trio of Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge seems almost impossible to stop. Surrounding them with a supporting cast of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan would probably make them the most dominant force the National Basketball Association has ever seen.

Two of the more valuable players in the San Antonio Spurs rotation are Danny Green and Boris Diaw. Green is the Spurs starting shooting guard, and he’s solid on both sides of the court. Diaw is a versatile veteran who can play multiple positions, and do multiple things. However, if the opportunity arises for San Antonio to acquire a generational player like Kevin Durant, then it could very well be worth the risk to attempt to sign him.

San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge [Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images]
If the San Antonio Spurs were to acquire Kevin Durant, then their starting lineup would be pretty tough. Tony Parker would start at point guard. The Spurs would need to find a replacement for Danny Green. They wouldn’t need a superstar, just someone that can play and possibly hit three point shots. Kevin Durant would shift to power forward, while LaMarcus Aldridge would shift to center.

Tim Duncan epitomizes the unselfish nature of the San Antonio Spurs franchise. He was taught that from the first day he joined the NBA by David Robinson. The Admiral was the franchise player for the Spurs, and he willingly and gladly stepped aside so that Duncan could get the spotlight. If Kevin Durant were to sign with San Antonio, then it would not come as a shock to anyone that Tim would offer to come off the bench and allow Kawhi Leonard, Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge to take over his team.

San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan [Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]
Kevin Durant seems like a very humble person, but there are certain NBA players who do not like the concept of latching on to a great team to win a championship. If that’s not a concern for the former Texas Longhorns star, then the San Antonio Spurs would be his best option for obtaining multiple championships. His legacy might be questioned by some, but his resume would be filled with accomplishments that he might not get playing elsewhere in the National Basketball Association.

This is a pivotal summer for Kevin Durant. Regardless of how much he’s downplaying it now, he’s going to be making one of the most important decisions of his NBA career to date. The fate of the NBA could rest within the hands of Durant. It should be interesting.

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