After the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals in a thriller seven-game against the Golden State Warriors, fans are looking forward to how things will turn out in the upcoming season as free agency hits the league come July 1. One of the biggest stars who will become a free agent is Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant. Where do you think he will go?
Durant is one of the most gifted scorers in the league as he can score on the inside as well as from behind the arc. Now that he is a free agent, it is not a surprise that a lot of powerhouse teams are coming after him. However, up to this moment, there is still no confirmation as to what team he will sign up with.
Although Durant has not released an official statement yet, which is understandable as the free agency has not started yet, there are already speculations that he would opt to sign a one-year contract with his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. If that would be the case, then the powerhouse team will again try to take a shot at the title in the 2016-2017 season before the contract of star point guard Russell Westbrook expires.
However, aside from OKC, there are several powerhouse teams who would definitely want Duran in their roster. Those teams include Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. For the Warriors, money is not going to be a problem because according to Fox Sports, they have the dough to spend.
If Durant would sign with the Golden State, they will form a four-man core with Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the reigning MVP Stephen Curry. Although the Warriors fell short against the Cavs after taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the finals series, acquiring Durant will give them the best opportunity to get back into the NBA Finals in the upcoming season.
Aside from the OKC star, another talk in the town is where would Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James take his talents in the upcoming season. After giving Cleveland their first title in the history of the franchise, it is hard to believe that he is again going to leave the team that drafted him. Of course, he would want to defend the title come next season so it is difficult to think that he would sign somewhere else.
However, if James would push through with his plan of creating a super team with his friends Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), then the best team that could make it a reality is probably the Los Angeles Lakers. After the retirement of the Lakers star Kobe Bryant, the organization definitely have the money to build a much stronger team.
Speaking of Anthony and the Knicks, they recently acquired Chicago Bulls star and former MVP Derrick Rose. According to ESPN, the organization sent center Robin Lopez, and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Bulls in exchange for Rose, guard Justin Holiday, and a 2017 second round pick.
Meanwhile, other big stars who opted to test the free agency are Houston Rockets star center Dwight Howard and Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki. For Howard, it is not yet clear as to what teams are interested in signing him, but for Nowitzki, there are reports that the Golden State Warriors are also offering him a deal.
This year?s free agency has gotten more interesting, and with the salary cap ballooning to in excess of $90 million, it is indeed intriguing how far teams would go in hunting great talents. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.