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Multiple teams are still expected to make a strong run at Kevin Durant this summer, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic, despite Durant suffering what the Golden State Warriors reportedly believe is a torn Achilles’ tendon.
Durant can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become an unrestricted free agent. He will also have the opportunity to exercise a $31,5 player option to remain with the Warriors. If that’s the case, Durant would become an unrestricted free agent again at the end of next season.
Given the extent of the injury suffered in Game 5 of the Finals, it’s hard to know where Durant will go.
But if he chooses free agency, interest will remain high, Aldridge reported.
“It’s not like he’s gonna fall from the top player in the league to number 50, even with the Achilles,” a league executive told Aldridge. “Maybe he falls into the top 10. I still think KD is a guy that’s going to score 20, 25 a game.”
Along with the Warriors, the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are expected to continue to pursue Durant and offer a maximum-salary contract, Aldridge reported.
The extent of Durant’s injury was still undetermined as of late Tuesday.
The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors by a 3-2 series count in the Finals. Game 6 is Thursday in Oakland, Calif.