The latest NBA rumors of 2016 are circulating as fans wonder if the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant is going to the Golden State Warriors. Durant will become a highly sought after free agent at the conclusion of the current NBA season, leading to the speculation that he’ll leave his current team in favor of one that is more of a contender. The latest news and rumors reports on Feb. 2 via CBS Sports suggest that the reigning NBA champions are the favorites to sign Durant, should the Thunder be unable to. That would make for a terrifying “Big Four” possibly that would reign havoc upon the rest of the league for many seasons. Will the move go forth, or are there other possible scenarios for the All-Star and former NBA MVP?
A Fox Sports report on Feb. 3 talks about the fact that Harrison Barnes will also become a free agent at the end of this season, and most likely he’d be among those the team would let go in order to get Kevin Durant as part of the starting lineup. When asked about the potential move, Barnes Barnes told reporters, “Oh man, that’s part of the business. He’s a great player. If that’s the move they want to make, you know, hopefully, it works out.” Barnes was the seventh overall pick by the Warriors back in the 2012 NBA draft and currently plays an average of 29 minutes per game. He also averages nearly 12 points and over four rebounds along with 1.8 assists per game, making him look like a valuable asset that would help many other teams out.
As for Durant, there’s no telltale signs yet that he plans to leave his current team that he’s been a part of. He was drafted by the Thunder back when they were still the Seattle Supersonics and about a season or so before they moved to Oklahoma City. Since then, he’s gone become a seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team member, played in the NBA Finals and won the NBA MVP award in 2014. Durant was out for significant time in the 2014-15 season due to injuries and eventually underwent a minor surgery to alleviate pain and discomfort in his right foot he had injured. During that time, Russell Westbrook stepped up in his absence, nearly earning himself an MVP award, but showing what he was capable of as the sole leader for a franchise too.
With that said, Oklahoma City is Durant’s current team, but he has options. Golden State is said to be the most intriguing and likely choice, with the Los Angeles Clippers also up there. The story with the Clips would be that they’d find a way to deal Blake Griffin in order to get Kevin Durant playing for their team along with Chris Paul. Other possible teams might include Washington, Houston and Miami, each of whom have other talent to offer up in order to get a sign-and-trade type situation in favor of bringing Durant to their team. For now, Durant and the Thunder will continue to try to battle with the best of the West, as the third team in the standings behind San Antonio and Golden State.