The Warriors, who fell juuuuuust short of their dream of winning back to back finals and capping off the greatest regular season of all time, are not spending their summer sitting around idly. Nope, now it seems they will indeed to pursue the market's biggest free agent star, as they'll look to push hard to sign Kevin Durant.
Durant, a former MVP who at 27 is still in his prime, could turn the Warriors into the NBA's most lethal team. As if they needed the help.
The one player who can change the balance of power in the NBA is expected to meet with prospective teams in Los Angeles when the free-agent recruiting period beings in July, according to a source. Durant had considered holding meetings in New York, but apparently has decided to hear proposals in Los Angeles, where he owns an off-season home.
The same source maintains that if Durant doesn't re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder he would prefer to join the Warriors, a team that has reached two straight NBA Finals and could rule the Western Conference for the next five years if Durant goes to the Bay Area.
It remains to be seen whether Durant will decide to leave Oklahoma City. After the Thunder charged into the Western Conference Finals, pushing the Warriors to the brink and almost winning the series, many thought that Durant would stay in OKC and continue his push for a championship with running mate Russell Westbrook. The Thunder definitely still hold the edge in this free agency chase, as Durant has been extremely loyal to the franchise and to the city.
However, the allure of the Warriors' depth and "big three" of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green -- as well as the promise of a new arena and lucrative Bay Area based sponsorships and investment opportunities -- might sway the superstar. We won't know anything until the free agency wooing period begins in July, but for now it's a juicy, unbelievably fun thought that Durant could end up in the Bay within the next month.
Good lord, that team would be downright terrifying!!