It's a four-horse race for the services of 2x Finals MVP Kevin Durant. He is planning to engage four teams -- the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, New York Knicks and Warriors -- in discussions upon the opening of NBA free agency on Sunday, according to ESPN.
Reports have indicated Durant will not be having face-to-face meetings but will, instead, communicate most negotiations through his business manager Rich Kleiman.
After a torn Achilles kept Durant from the Finals (and will keep him out for the entirety of next season), the narrative surrounding his free agency has changed. Wherever he goes, his team will have to wait an entire year before seeing him return to action. Even when he does -- will he be the same player?
Despite the doubts, the expectation is for KD not to lose a penny. He declined his $31.5 million player option, but the Warriors are planning to offer him a five-year, $221 million max contract; the Clippers, Knicks, and Nets can offer him a four-year, $164 million deal.
After three years with the Warriors, the sense around the league is that former MVP wants to remake his legacy. New York and L.A. could certainly help him in that regard, and he might not even be alone. Kyrie Irving has been connected to the same teams all summer long.