Report: Heat, Warriors have best chance to sign Durant away from OKC
The Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors have the best opportunity to steal NBA star Kevin Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, a source told Erik Horne of the Oklahoman.
In the story, which quotes NBA agents on the condition of anonymity, an agent said that Durant, “needs to be a good team, in a better market with a better chance to win than OKC.”
“So Golden State and Miami become the only real players,” the agent said. “It's too hard to justify a move to Los Angeles (Lakers) or New York because they are not close to winning. Houston's out.”
Among the teams that are looking to meet with Durant once free agency starts, the Thunder, Spurs and Warriors already have meetings set with the 27-year-old. The Heat, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks are also hoping for a meeting.
Durant is projected to sign a maximum salary contract worth $26.6 million next season. He averaged 28.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in 2015–16 on his way to being named All-NBA second team.