NBA Free Agency 2019
The Kevin Durant sweepstakes will start Sunday night at the stroke of midnight and he will keep it as simple as possible. Durant has named his team’s that he will speak with in order to gain his services for the next 4-5 years. He will be speaking with the Warriors, Clippers, Knicks, and Nets during this free agency period.
Kevin Durant has spent the last three years of his career with the Golden State Warriors and what a ride it has been for the 12-year vet in Oakland. Durant carried the Warriors to back to back titles in 2017 and 2018 on his way to winning back to back finals MVP awards. However, His third season didn’t end the way he would have liked as he ruptured his Achilles causing him to miss most of the NBA Finals. It may be the deciding factor in his changing area codes this summer
The Clippers are right down the road and have a legit shot at landing Durant if they throw their pitch right. Doc Rivers has a chance to build something special with this Clippers squad as they went toe to toe with the Warriors before being bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Rivers has a solid young core and enough cap space to entice another max deal player to join Durant in Los Angeles. Did I forget to mention Rivers has a championship pedigree and mindset that players need in a coach in today’s NBA?
New York may have the biggest media market of the three but can they build the right roster to help him succeed in the Big Apple? They’ve traded every superstar they’ve had over the past decade and their front office is as dysfunctional as any in sports, but they have the lure of being one of the most storied franchises in the league. The Knicks haven’t put tougher a winning season in 7 years (54-28 in 2012-2013), so Durant revitalizing this team and its fans could be a plus for his career and his legacy. They drafted R.J. Barrett who would be a nice piece to help take some pressure off of Durant once he develops into an elite talent.
The last stop on the Kevin Durant train will be Brooklyn as the Nets try to put Durant in the Barclay’s Center. Brooklyn is said to be the favorite early on and if they can reel in Kyrie Irving if could give them the edge over the other three teams. They have a nice young roster that could be beneficial to a player of Durant’s caliber, but they must also land him a running mate to become successful. Brooklyn is coming off a year where they overachieved posting a 42-40 record and earning their first postseason birth since the 2014-2015 season. It doesn’t hurt that Durant is signed to Roc Nation which is owned by Jay-Z who has a stake in the Nets organization. Coincidence?
Money is the advantage that the Warriors have over the other three teams because they can offer him the supermax at 5 years/$221 million, while the Nets, Knicks, and Clippers can only offer a 4 year/$191 million dollar deal. There will be a sticking point for Durant but which team can persuade him to buy into their pitch? We will see in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
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