The man who’s been the face of the franchise since they moved to Oklahoma from Seattle, Kevin Durant will be a free agent this offseason. The 2014 NBA MVP never won an NBA championship despite getting to the NBA Finals and making it to the Western conference finals multiple times. That’s what he’s looking for. Contingent that OKC doesn’t go all the way this year, there’s a consensus amongst analysts and non OKC fans that Kevin Durant will leave OKC.
Although there are plenty of options on the table, through KD saying all of these great things about all these different cities, there are only two options in my eyes.
Those two options are Boston and LA:
First, LA, the team that just went 17-65 with a fully healthy roster. The team that also spent just about an entire year saying goodbye to the great Kobe Bryant and the generation that was. LA would be an extremely satisfying place for Kevin Durant to go, due to the city, the fanbase and being able to take it right from where Kobe left. Here’s where the problem is though, both where Kobe left the Lakers off and even after finishing with the second worse record in the NBA this year, they only have a 55.8% chance of keeping their pick. If they don’t get a top three pick in this years draft lottery, they lose their pick entirely. Even if they do get their pick though, does anyone really expect them to instantly be able to compete with Golden State and San Antonio this upcoming season? Led by a KD, second year Russell, a top three pick (if they get it) as well as Clarkson and Randle?
Boston, the team that without any superstar finished 5th in the Eastern conference while tying for third with a record of 48-34. This year was also the first full year for Isaiah Thomas on the Celtics, as you know, he blossomed into an All Star while the rest of the team around him found their places. The Celtics also have Brooklyn’s 1st round pick for this year (they finished with the 3rd worst record in the league) in addition to Dallas’s first round pick this year as well as Brooklyn’s first pick next year. So essentially, for Kevin Durant, it’s a choice of joining an already successful team that’s missing 1 piece while has three first round picks coming up, and is in a major city with history and a major fan base. Or of course the team that he’ll have to spend time building up from nothing in a city where they’re not desperate for a title and not guaranteed top picks.