The most consistently successful NBA team of the last two decades reportedly will look to land one of the league’s best players this summer.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Friday that the San Antonio Spurs will be in on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes if the former NBA MVP does, in fact, decide to test his worth on the open market.
“The stately Spurs, league sources say, are just as intrigued as Golden State by the thought of making a run at Durant come July 1,” Stein wrote.
Playing alongside Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan — and for arguably the league’s best coach in Gregg Popovich — is an alluring possibility, but Durant will have plenty of options if he chooses to leave Oklahoma City.
“All signs continue to point to Washington, Miami, Boston, Houston, New York and naturally both of the L.A. teams doing everything they can to romance Durant as if he were coming out of Montrose Christian School in Maryland all over again,” Stein wrote.
Stein also noted that the outcome of the Thunder-Spurs second-round playoff series that’s currently in progress could go a long way toward determining Durant’s future.
“As well as Durant and his close-knit tandem of representatives, Rich Kleiman and Charlie Bell, have done in terms of keeping their intentions mysterious, there is a working assumption among KD’s would-be suitors that a second-round Thunder exit essentially cinches the notion that he’ll indeed walk away and look for the best external situation that positions him to win that elusive first championship,” Stein wrote.
Durant, who’s spent his entire nine-year career with Oklahoma City/Seattle, averaged 28.2 points per game during the regular season, good for third in the NBA behind James Harden and Stephen Curry.