Kevin Durant Rumors: Star Reportedly Interested in Golden State Warriors

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2016

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Kevin Durant is in line to be one of the most coveted free agents to ever hit the market, and a report Tuesday suggests the Golden State Warriors are the team to watch, provided Durant doesn't re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, a source said the four-time NBA scoring champion favors the Dubs on the heels of their second consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

Isola also reported, however, there is a "strong sense" the 27-year-old megastar could sign a two-year deal that includes a one-year opt-out with the Thunder, similar to what LeBron James did with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Durant and the Thunder pushed Golden State to Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals before falling, and although the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in seven games, they could represent Durant's best chance to win an elusive NBA title.

Per ESPN.com's Royce Young, Durant's comments Monday about free agency hinted that winning may be more important to him than money: "I'm worried about basketball. That's what it is for me. It's a basketball decision."

If that proves to be the case, then joining a team with a core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be difficult for the seven-time All-Star to pass up.

Golden State won't be able to give Durant the biggest contract, but with some financial maneuvering, including cutting ties with Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, it should manage to free up enough money to sign him if there is indeed mutual interest.

The Warriors enjoyed the greatest regular season in NBA history with a record of 73-9 and came within one win of their second consecutive championship without Durant.

Adding a player who averaged 28.2 points per game last season to a team that was already among the most offensively dynamic squads ever would undoubtedly put Golden State in the driver's seat to win its second title in three years.

 

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