The biggest name in NBA free agency this summer is expected to be former MVP Kevin Durant, and the time for him to make a decision on where he'll play next season is inching closer now that the postseason has concluded.
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Hawks Reportedly Hold Hopes of Landing Durant
Tuesday, June 28
Stein, citing sources, reported that the Hawks "have been working to try to persuade Durant and his representatives to have a face-to-face recruiting meeting after free agency starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, even though their chances appear dim." Stein said a "source of hope" for the Hawks is the presence of Grant Hill in the team's ownership group, noting Hill would be "expected to lead Atlanta's lobbying efforts."
Durant Reportedly to Sign One-Year Deal
Monday, June 27
When appearing on Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on the most likely scenario for Durant in free agency (via Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation): “I’m told even if he left, he would do a one-year deal. Economically, it makes sense for him to do a one-year deal and then do the longer deal after it. It’ll be worth more money because the cap goes up next year.”
Wojnarowski added the Thunder remain "a strong front-runner" to retain Durant.
Latest on Teams Scheduled to Meet with Durant
Monday, June 27
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, citing a source, reported the meeting with the Clippers is expected to take place in New York with head coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer among executives expected to be present.
ESPN.com noted that "Durant is also considering meeting with the New York Knicks." However, ESPN.com's Ian Begley, citing sources, reported Sunday that "no meeting has been scheduled—or agreed to—between the Knicks and Durant."
Wojnarowski reported the meetings will take place in a singular, unnamed location in New York beginning July 1 and that Durant's decision is expected prior to July 9.
Knicks to Pursue Durant
Monday, June 27
When asked Monday if he would meet with the Knicks, Durant replied, viaBrian Lewis of the New York Post, "I don’t know. We’ll see in the next (few days)...I've got to talk to my people."
Earlier on Monday, Stein noted Carmelo Anthony told ESPN the following about recruiting Durant: "We've been together. We've been talking."
Stein later shared more comments from Anthony on Durant:
You know, for me, it's more just about just laying it all out for him, giving him the real.
Being in that situation before and knowing how much he has to think about and what he has go through, him not wanting to leave Oklahoma (after) all the time that he spent there, I felt the same way when I was in Denver, spending 7 1/2 years there and then to have to make a decision. But you leave it up to him. He's going to make the best decision for him. I think that's the most important thing.
Durant spoke to reporters on Monday regarding the Knicks, saying: "Obviously they have a good team now with D-Rose and Melo and [Kristaps] Porzingis so I will talk to my team and we will figure things out."
Begley reported May 31, citing league sources, that Porzingis and his friendship with Anthony "are two factors that will likely play a role in how Durant views the Knicks."
Begley also noted Durant "has told friends that he's a big fan" of Porzingis and called him a "unicorn" last season.
However, Durant "made it known at the time that he was unhappy" with the team's decision to fire Derek Fisher midseason.
"Privately, some folks with the Knicks believed they had a decent shot to land Durant when Fisher was on the sideline," Begley said. He added that Fisher's firing could be a "big potential strike against New York."