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With two days left before the official start to free agency, the Kevin Durant sweepstakes remain a mystery.
According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, four teams are receiving strong consideration — the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and, of course, Golden State Warriors.
But round and round it goes, who has the edge, no one really knows.
“Only Durant and those closest to him know if he favors one team over others at this point,” Begley wrote.
The Warriors can give Durant the largest contract at five years and about $220 million. Meanwhile, everyone else can offer four years and $164 million. But as we see is so often the case with stars and free agency, that extra year and money have meant little.
Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis have turned down super-max contracts to move to a new team. Nor is winning always the priority. James and Davis now both play for the Los Angeles Lakers, who have missed the playoffs six straight seasons.
For superstars, it’s often about location and situation. They want to win, but that’s not the only consideration. At least, it hasn’t been in the past half-decade.
As for Durant specifically, this may be the trickiest tale in free agency history. He is expected to miss all of next season after rupturing his Achilles in the Finals. Most expect the injury to have a long-lasting impact. There is a chance Durant, 30, goes from super-duper star to just All-Star. Or worse.
“There is no reason to believe that any of the teams chasing Durant would not offer him a max contract,” Begley wrote. “However, last week, SNY and other outlets reported that the Knicks would like to get more information on Durant’s injury during their pursuit of him.”
Per The Athletic, Durant has not yet decided if he will meet with teams, as stars such as Kawhi Leonard intend to do as part of the recruiting process. If Durant does, the meetings will take place in New York, where he is rehabilitating his Achilles injury.