Kevin Durant Unsure of Future Ahead of Free Agency, Nets Favourites
As Free Agency approaches, the offseasons biggest name is reportedly still uncertain of his future.
A month ago a move to New York seemed to be a forgone conclusion for Kevin Durant, but recent reports suggest that the superstar forward remains unsure. In recent days, the Brooklyn Nets have rose as the new favourites to land the 30-year old after opening up two max salary slots for the Summer.
The Golden State Warriors continue to remain in the picture as reports suggest that a sense of trust still exists between the two parties. The Warriors have let it be known that they are willing to offer Durant a full five-year max contract in free agency, while providing him with a plethora of player options.
“If there were a breakdown in trust, you would imagine that Kevin Durant’s camp and the Warriors would not be in communication, and they have been in communication,” said Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. “They have talked. Their ability to talk through whatever any potential issues there are in trying to move forward, I think those lines of communication are open.
“Again, does it happen? Does it stay? I think that conversation has yet to really happen between Durant, Rich Kleiman his business manager, Bob Myers and the organization. I do think there’s going to be a point here when they do talk before free agency starts. There’s no indication they have been shunned by KD.”
Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and has since undergone successful surgery. He is expected to miss the entirety of next season. If Durant does remain with the Warriors for the max, he will be owed $221-million over the next five years. If he chooses to move to another franchise, the max contract dips down to $164-million over four seasons.
The Brooklyn Nets are expected to be aggressive in signing free agent point guard Kyrie Irving in the offseason as well.