The Golden State Warriors are looking to add Oklahoma City Thunder Star Kevin Durant. Now that is a sentence nobody wants to read. Reports came out today that suggested the Warriors are a team to watch to sign Durant if he doesn’t resign with OKC. There is a “strong sense” the 27-year-old star could sign a two-year deal that includes a one-year opt-out with the Thunder, similar to what LeBron James did with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This would be the best choice for Durant because his teammate Russell Westbrook is also a Free Agent after next season as well, so something to keep an eye on. Durant’s comments Monday about free agency hinted that winning may be more important to him than money: “I’m worried about basketball. That’s what it is for me. It’s a basketball decision.” If this holds true then unless a team likes the Celtics brings in guys that he wants to play with, it’ll be hard for Durant to pass up on the Stars Golden State has to offer.
There are cons to this as well for the Warriors, if they sign Durant, they won’t have enough money to sign most of their role players that made them so great. Players like Festus Ezeli, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, and a few others. Sure they will be able to sign a couple, but they will lose depth. Champion teams have great role players and benches, so that’s the other side of it for the Warriors.