Kevin Durant is the most talked about name in the NBA right now, and the upcoming free agency period is expected to be crazy to say the least. Teams are lining up, trying to secure meetings with the superstar forward and one of those teams is the San Antonio Spurs.
After reaching into free agency to sign LaMarcus Aldridge last offseason, the Spurs are hoping to do the same this year with Durant. They are beginning to see their long-term stars wear down and retire. Tim Duncan has likely played his last NBA game, while both Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have fallen off a bit over the last couple of years.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Spurs have already set up a meeting with Durant.
San Antonio is hoping to maintain their dominance in the Western Conference, and Durant would fit the mold of Spurs’ type players. Gregg Popovich would likely welcome Durant with open arms and could do his career a lot of good. As good as Durant has become throughout his career, he is still a willing passer and a high caliber teammate.
Last season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant ended up averaging 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He shot 50.5 percent from the field overall and knocked down 38.6 percent of his three-point shots. There have not been many better offensive players in the NBA’s history, which is saying a lot about Durant’s talent.
At just 27-years-old, whoever signs Durant will be getting him in his prime. He is playing the best basketball of his career and has the talent to carry a team to an NBA Finals appearance.
Oklahoma City still believes that they have the best chance to sign Durant this offseason. He has a very close relationship with Russell Westbrook, although they did trade Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic. Even though Ibaka is gone, the Thunder can offer him a deeper supporting cast than many teams that are in the running to sign him.
If the Spurs are able to lure Durant away, there is no question that they would instantly become top contenders in the Western Conference again alongside of the Golden State Warriors. Oklahoma City would take a big hit, although Westbrook wouldn’t allow them to fall too far in the standings.
Needless to say, the stage has been set for an entertaining free agency this offseason. Durant isn’t the only big name on the market, although some teams may target other players in order to steal them off the market while the main teams are preoccupied with Durant.
Other teams that have been granted meetings with Durant so far include the Boston Celtics, Warriors, Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat. All of those teams are intriguing landing spots for Durant, although a few of them don’t seem like likely destinations.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors about Durant in the coming week or two as free agency draws closer and gets underway. He likely won’t take too long to make his decision, although it may seem like forever with all the times his name will be mentioned. It will be interesting to see where he lands to say the least.
San Antonio may not end up signing Durant, but the fanbase should be grateful to see them getting involved. They do not want to fall off at all when their current leaders retire, and this interest in Durant shows that.
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