The Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant isn’t going through the best moment of his career, but that hasn’t prevented him from making some good headlines in the last hours and create huge expectations around his future. Despite being injured at this very moment, KD is still one of the hottest players in the league entering the free agency.
After missing the Warriors previous nine games with a calf strain, Durant left the 106-105 win early in the second quarter after recording 11 points in 12 minutes. An official announcement is yet to be made, but several reports indicated the Warriors believe KD suffered a torn Achilles.
This would look like it is going to change everything for Durant this offseason, but that seems far from reality. We are in front of probably the best baller in the world right now and he surely won’t miss offers this summer.
NBA front office insider Bobby Marks appeared on ESPN’s Get Up! on Tuesday and noted that the free-agent market for Kevin Durant isn’t going to change much despite the injury he suffered on Monday night. Although a torn Achilles could end Durant’s hope to play the entire 2019/20 season, Marks said he spoke with three teams, and all of them keep their will to pursue KD in free agency:
“I said … If you had cap space, would you go out and sign Kevin Durant knowing that he will likely be out maybe the whole year? And the resounding answer was ‘yes.’ Each of the teams also said that they wouldn’t even put any injury language in there for maybe years three and four to protect. So, yes, there will be a marketplace for Kevin Durant this summer, either with a team for four years, $141 million dollars or even back in Golden State here.”
Durant has been linked with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers, as well as the Warriors themselves. However, with Golden State having the chance to offer Durantula a max contract, any other team that wants to make a run for him will have to come up with a huge offer in order to steal the former Oklahoma City Thunder star from the Bay.
He’s been heavily linked to a move to the Knicks this summer alongside Kyrie Irving and even Kawhi Leonard, but only time will tell how healthy KD will be ahead of next season and where he will be playing when he finally recovers from his injury.