Kevin Durant Rumors: Spurs Reportedly Will Pursue Thunder Star in Free Agency

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2016

As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for another postseason run, more rumors about Kevin Durant's future continue to pop up.   

According to Chris Mannix of The Vertical, executives from other teams "believe the Spurs will explore ways of adding Durant to the mix, and the franchise's culture makes it intriguing."

The Spurs began building for the future, while remaining one of the NBA's best teams this season, by giving Kawhi Leonard a contract extension and signing LaMarcus Aldridge last summer. 

While Aldridge is not a young player at 30, he does have more time ahead of him as a star player than Tim Duncan (39), Manu Ginobili (38) and Tony Parker (33). 

The Spurs have been great at managing their finances, particularly with the NBA's salary cap expected to hit $89 million next season and $108 million for the 2017-18 season. San Antonio is currently projected to have $84 million in salary commitments for next season, per Basketball-Reference.com.

Given all of those factors, it's not out of the question San Antonio can make a serious run at Durant. There will be competition, certainly, as Mannix noted a return to the Thunder "remains the most logical, most reasoned outcome" because they are prepared to meet his terms, whatever they may be. 

There's also the lingering possibility that Golden State will make a serious push for Durant, as Mannix's colleague at The Vertical, Adrian Wojnarowski, reported in February. 

Based on what Mannix and Wojnarowski wrote in their separate reports, Durant's future still seems tied to Oklahoma City. The Thunder have built a franchise around him, they are competing with the Spurs and Warriors atop the Western Conference every year and can offer him just as much money. 

Right now, though, the focus of Durant and the Thunder is on figuring out how to get past Golden State and San Antonio when the postseason starts.

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