NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Lines Up First Meetings

Nicholas Sciria

With NBA free agency soon to heat up, countless teams have set their eyes on signing Kevin Durant. Although some teams will not even receive a meeting with Durant, it is important to note that he has accepted meeting with at least two other teams along with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Of course, Durant's possible exit will attract the biggest of pitches from suitors looking to steal Durant away from the Thunder. According to ESPN, the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs will be armed with noteworthy assets in their attempts to lure Durant to a new city this summer.

"The Warriors and Spurs, sources say, are both planning to load a plane full of key organizational figures -- including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for Golden State and Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan for San Antonio -- to fly to an undisclosed location once free-agency season starts to try to lure Durant away from the only franchise he has ever played for."

As The Vertical discusses, Durant had no problem with trading Serge Ibaka. Although Ibaka had been on the team since 2009 with Durant, many around the league think that Ibaka's relationship with several key with the Thunder went downhill this past season as Ibaka grew more and more discontent with his role. Ibaka was expecting a bigger role under Billy Donovan, a notion that never came to fruition. Because of this, it was unlikely that Ibaka would re-sign with Oklahoma City next summer anyways. Instead, Ibaka was traded for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the rights to Domantas Sabonis.

Other than showing the urgency to trade for Oladipo, the Thunder can also offer Durant more money than any other team due to bird rights. In the very least, Durant is expected to sign with Oklahoma City for one year and explore his options once again next summer.

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