BY the time you’re reading this, there’s a chance that NBA free agency for 2019 will be underway, as players and teams start to reach agreements. One thing we can all agree on is how important this offseason is, especially for a number of championship contenders. One lucky team will instantly improve their chances of adding a Larry O’Brien trophy to their collection when Kevin Durant pens a new deal, with his Achilles injury setting up one of the strangest free agent scenarios in recent memory. A key cog in this season’s spending spree, there are plenty of questions surrounding Durant, with his cloudy future perhaps the biggest story of the year.
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Will he team up with Kyrie Irving?
IF you believe recent reports, Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets for four years and $141mil already seems like a done deal. However, Brooklyn might not be done spending, with space to also sign Kevin Durant if they wish to do so. Pairing those two elite offensive players together sounds like a good idea on paper, but the potential chemistry issues and struggles sharing the spotlight might deter the Nets from pulling the trigger. That being said, if you have a chance to sign KD, even without one healthy Achilles tendon, you just do it and figure the rest out later.
Do the New York Knicks need Kevin Durant?
THANKS to James Dolan the Knicks fans are expecting big things once free agency opens this summer. In the scenario that they strike out on all the popular names though, there’s a chance that they can stick to the blueprint, building around their young core. With Kevin Knox, Alonzo Trier, Dennis Smith Jr, R.J. Barrett and Mitchell Robinson developing, New York might decide to stick to the long plan, placing a few one-year veterans on the roster in an effort to help build an eventual winner. SBD is really pushing to get Durant to the Knicks and I can understand why New York fans are dying to land KD, having spent years and years chasing positives in usually, a crappy situation. If he does indeed pick the Knicks then their timeline would be drastically accelerated, not that any fans would be complaining.
Is it wise to bring Durant back to Golden State?
KLAY Thompson is facing up to 12 months on the sidelines and the recent rumours stating Golden State will give him a five-year, $190mil max extension complicates Durant’s future with Dub Nation. I’m sure they’d love to have him back and Bob Myers will without question offer the former MVP the extension he deserves. However, it’s probably not the smartest idea to commit two max contracts to two players who may not even play in season 2019-20. Couple that with the fact that Draymond Green’s contract will expire next year, the GSW might opt to keep the OG Warriors of this championship core together and let Kevin depart.
Which team could surprisingly enter the mix for Durant?
FOR the better part of 12 months now Durant has been linked to both New York and Los Angeles franchises, with them and the Warriors set to be his five suitors this summer. With a lot of bad contracts coming off the books for plenty of franchises, there are a few left of field candidates who could make a pitch to Durant to join them. The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to build a perennial contender around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and if they let their pending free agents in Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler walk, they could perhaps enter negotiations. The real dark horse team though is the Dallas Mavericks, who can not only offer KD a ton of money but perhaps provide him with the best basketball fit around young guns Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis
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