Report: Rockets ‘remain hopeful’ about July face-to-face with Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant will have his pick when he hits NBA free agency in July. And despite the realization that they aren’t a contending team right now, the Houston Rockets are reportedly still optimistic about their chances of a meeting with the All-Star forward.

Interestingly, Marc Stein of ESPN also reported Friday that Durant is not interested in teaming back up with James Harden, who is the biggest star on the Rockets right now with Dwight Howard on his way out. The two of them played together as teammates of the Thunder for three years before Harden bolted in free agency to Houston.

While Houston is one of the potential landing spots for Durant, it’s likely he would be much more interested in playing for a team geared to win a championship right now.

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Already entering his 10th season as a pro when the 2016-17 season rolls around, he’s been close to the pinnacle of the NBA but has yet to reach it. Of the main contenders for his services, Houston likely doesn’t even enter the conversation as far as Durant is concerned.