According to David Aldridge of The Athletic, the Achilles injury Durant suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals has "done little to cool the ardor" of the teams expected to pursue him, including the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.
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If Durant thinks his injury will impact his earning potential, he can still opt in to his contract with the Warriors for next season at $31.5 million.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst appeared Tuesday on First Take, however, and reported that Durant is still expected to test the market. He added that KD is "in such demand" that even missing a full year with a torn Achilles likely won't prevent him from landing a significant contract.
ESPN's Bobby Marks offered a similar take on Get Up!, reporting that he spoke to three teams who still plan to pursue Durant. Marks noted that KD is expected to get a contract in the neighborhood of $141 million over four years with no injury provisions.
After missing nine games with a calf strain, Durant showed his worth during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors with 11 points in just 12 minutes before going down again.
Golden State went on to win 106-105 to force Game 6, but to come all the way back and three-peat, the Warriors must do it without the reigning two-time Finals MVP.
Durant will be 31 when the 2019-20 season begins, and he may not be able to contribute again until he's 32. Still, a league executive told Aldridge: "It's not like he's gonna fall from the top player in the league to No. 50, even with the Achilles. Maybe he falls into the top 10. I still think KD is a guy that's going to score 20, 25 a game."
For teams like the Knicks, Nets, Clippers and Lakers, he's still a tempting target even if he doesn't pay dividends until 2020-21.