Golden State superstar Kevin Durant will become a free agent and for the first time since his arrival to the Warriors, nobody knows where he will be playing next season.
The original plan appeared to be a partnership with Kyrie Irving on the Knicks, where the two would remake that dysfunctional franchise into a Championship contender. Following a devastating Achilles injury, that narrative has changed.
Folks are inclined to believe that KD will be heading back to the Warriors. Not only did his injury sort of prove they need him, but it also made him finally feel like a part of the Warriors' family. Whether short-term or long-term, the story has been for the past few weeks now that Durant will give it another go with the Dubs.
In an appearance on the Jump, however, ESPN's Brian Windhorst and former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins sang a different tune regarding the future of the 10x All-Star.
"The Nets are gaining confidence that they can pull this off," Windhorst said. "They're continuing to make moves, they've made three moves in the last week... They're right there for second slot." He added that he is "not ruling out the Knicks at all," but the Nets are starting to seem more likely. KD's former teammate Kendrick Perkins added that he thinks the Nets are the front-runners right now too, to which Windhorst added, "He is not the only person involved with the NBA that has told me that."
Windhorst also suggested previously that the Warriors could sign him to a full 5-year max, let him rehab with them for a year, and then work with him on a trade when he is healthy and ready to return.
Whatever lies ahead, the Nets have put themselves in prime position to contend in the KD sweepstakes. Kyrie Irving might not be too far off, either.