We have heard the rumors thrown around a lot over the past several months. Soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant could very well decide to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for “greener” pastures this upcoming summer.
It’s a possibility Durant himself isn’t doing much to quiet in recent weeks, including his comments about the city of Boston in the lead up to Oklahoma City’s outing against the Celtics on Wednesday:
“I like the city (Boston) a lot,” Durant said, via the Boston Globe. “It’s cold, but they love sports here. It’s a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around the city, so yeah, I like it a lot.”
Sure to get the rumor mongering started all over again, the Celtics would seem like an optimum fit for Durant.
Without a true star on the roster, Brad Stevens’ team is a serious contender in the Eastern Conference heading into the latter part of the season. Boston also boasts the necessary assets in draft picks to work out a potential sign-and-trade with Oklahoma City.
Equally as important, it will have the cash to sign him to a max-deal should it come to that.
Among the teams linked to Durant, the Golden State Warriors have emerged as a serious possibility. Though, Durant’s comments regarding Boston may push the Celtics to the top of the list.
After all, short of joining the defending champs, moving to the Eastern Conference would give Durant a much better opportunity to earn NBA Finals appearances than staying out west.