Kevin Durant wants to win and create a lasting legacy, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, that means the Golden State Warriors have a great shot at signing him this offseason. Wojnarowski cites several sources who claim serious mutual interest on both sides of the equation.
It isn’t only that the NBA champions are determined to recruit Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. The truth is that they’re the most intriguing destination to him. If Durant leaves the Thunder, the Warriors are the significant frontrunners to sign him, league sources told The Vertical.
The Warriors already have Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green locked up and have the means to create the salary cap space needed to add Durant. Apparently the Warriors believe the 27-year-old forward could fit seamlessly into the current fabric of their roster and would be willing to sacrifice stats in order to win titles.
All of this assumes that Durant bolts from Oklahoma City, which he is very far from doing.
Still, it’s easy to see the frustration some have with the NBA’s free agency and salary cap systems. If there was an open market with no max contract boundaries in place, the Thunder or Durant’s hometown Washington Wizards could throw $35 million a year at him and simply out-bid anything the Warriors can offer.
Part of point of the NBA’s 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement was to prevent the creation of “super teams,” and clearly that’s not working. If Durant joined the Warriors they would become the Justice League of super teams and might actually turn the entire system on its head.
With the current CBA set to expire in 2017, expect more chatter about preventing those types of teams in the future if Durant lands in the Bay Area.