The defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors are rocking and rolling right now with the best record in the NBA at 44-4. They’re just as deadly this year as they were last year and they may only be getting better as time goes on.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Warriors are emerging as a serious threat to land Kevin Durant in free-agency. Are you kidding me? That would be insane. Clearly if Durant made that move it would be to win a Championship because other teams could pay him more money.
“Perhaps no Warriors player would sacrifice so much on a personal level, yet Green is unflinching in his support of signing Durant, league sources told The Vertical. He’s expected to be a tenacious recruiter of Durant for the Warriors’ contingent. There are several moves the Warriors can make to maneuver the roster to clear a maximum salary slot for Durant. To have the chance to incorporate a superstar in full sprint onto the NBA’s best team, well, it’s practically unprecedented. Here’s something else, too: Durant is forever searching for spiritual people in his life. It is a common thread of those who’ve found ways into Durant’s circle. It makes Steph Curry the most dangerous recruiter in the world on several levels: His prodigious talent, peaceful soul and grounded life.”
Another intriguing piece of the story is what happens with Blake Griffin out in Los Angeles as Wojo points out.
“Outside of those well-known suitors – Washington, Houston and Miami – there’s another California team determined to make a bid for Durant, league sources tell The Vertical: The Los Angeles Clippers. If the opportunity comes to move Blake Griffin and replace him with Durant, the Clippers won’t hesitate, sources said. Teams are calling on Griffin trades now, but Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers seems determined to play the year out with Griffin and see how far the team advances in the playoffs. Eventually, the Clippers will determine how intrigued Durant might be in becoming a Big Three with Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. The Thunder would resist a sign-and-trade deal until the very end – until they were sure Durant was leaving them – but Griffin, an Oklahoma native, could be a fascinating part of that scenario. For now, Durant is all in with these Thunder, hell-bent on breaking through in the Western Conference. No one ever doubts that with him. Yet Kevin Durant is human, and the slow, sure march to July 1 is real, it’s on his mind and the Golden State Warriors could be a problem for everyone.”
I don’t know about this. It sounds great, but I can’t see Durant in Golden State. Besides, don’t count the Thunder out just yet this season. Sure the Warriors and Spurs are looking real tough right now, but any team that has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on it can’t be dismissed.