Report: Kevin Durant still favoring Warriors if he leaves Thunder

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A couple months ago, the Warriors were reportedly frontrunners to sign Kevin Durant if he left the Thunder. Since, a couple potentially landscape-changing events have occurred:

  • Oklahoma City upset the Spurs in the second round.
  • The Thunder lost to the Warriors in seven games the conference finals.
  • Golden State lost to the Cavaliers in the Finals.

How does Durant process this?

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

The one player who can change the balance of power in the NBA is expected to meet with prospective teams in Los Angeles when the free-agent recruiting period beings in July, according to a source. Durant had considered holding meetings in New York, but apparently has decided to hear proposals in Los Angeles, where he owns an off-season home.

The same source maintains that if Durant doesn’t re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder he would prefer to join the Warriors

Perhaps, Durant was reluctant to join a team that many presumed would win another title without him. The Warriors losing could open the door for him signing.

Maybe the Thunder’s close call against Golden State convinces Durant they’re closer than it seemed. He might want to make another run with Russell Westbrook now.

It’s futile to guess from afar how Durant thinks. Several outlooks could be valid.

Holding meetings in Los Angeles is also interesting. I don’t expect Durant to sign with the Lakers this year, but this is evidence of how players view the market. Los Angeles is an appealing place to young millionaires. If the Lakers improve even just marginally on the court, their success with free agents could improve exponentially.