With the hypothesis brewing that Kevin Durant may signal nearly anyplace through the NBA offseason, a brand new visible has been entered into the database of Laker Nation.
Exhibit A: Courtesy of ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
Should you’re tardy to get together: The picture above is of Maverick Carter, LeBron James’ enterprise companion and Wealthy Kleiman, Kevin Durant’s enterprise companion. The 2 sat courtside final evening on the Recreation Three matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Heart in Los Angeles, California.
What does it imply? Most likely nothing. However it’s a reminder that the NBA’s summer time free company is quickly approaching.
The place will Kevin Durant land?
Having a projected $72 million in cap area subsequent yr,the New York Knicks are reportedly the favourite to land Durant by way of NBA free company this summer time.
“I feel they’re a high contender if he leaves Golden State,” NBA insider, Ric Bucher instructed me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“I’d count on that he goes to New York for quite a lot of causes. Scott Perry was right-hand man to Sam Presti on the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder for a very long time. He and KD know one another very properly. His enterprise supervisor is from New York and is a large Knicks fan. The concept he would like to work for the Knicks and have some function in that, if that might be a consideration, I feel all of that has some legitimacy to it. And so, I have a look at all of that, I have a look at what the enterprise aspirations are and what New York may afford. And the truth that his enterprise supervisor, that’s the place he’s from and he is aware of the panorama and that if he goes to, I imply simply think about, he’s been a two-time NBA Finals MVP, he’s gained a few rings.”
“The Knicks are quietly, I imagine, turning into enticing,” FS1’s Jason McIntyre instructed me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast earlier this yr.
“The Knicks. Now pay attention, Zion’s going to be enticing to individuals. Once more, I don’t assume he’s going to be like the very best participant within the league proper out the gate, proper? He’s going to promote plenty of tickets, he’s unselfish, I truly assume R.J. Barrett would be the primary choose, I feel he’s a extra full offensive participant. I don’t assume Zion might be a primary within the NBA on a championship contender. I like Zion rather a lot, however I do marvel, are the Knicks enticing?”
The Los Angeles Lakers are additionally an choice, as I reported in September.
The Lakers will enter the 2019 free company interval with a ton of roster spots to fill.
Durant signed a two-year, $61.5 million contract with the Warriors and has the choice to decide out forward of the 2019-20 season, per Spotrac.
If Durant had been to signal with the Los Angeles Lakers subsequent offseason, it could go away them with a minimal of two years to play collectively.
The Lakers purposely stuffed their roster with one-year contracts to take care of their wage cap flexibility for the summer time of 2019 the place a number of NBA superstars like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, and DeAndre Jordan are anticipated to turn out to be unrestricted free brokers.