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Warriors To Pitch Kevin Durant On Possibilities Of Super Death Lineup

Jun 30, 2016 5:33 PM

The Golden State Warriors will meet with Kevin Durant on Friday morning in the Hamptons.

Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will attend the meeting with Durant.

The Warriors will pitch Durant on a Super Death Lineup of Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Durant will have input on filling out the rest of the Warriors' roster. The Warriors hope they will be able to sign a center to join this core.

The Warriors have had great success with a lineup featuring Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Green with Harrison Barnes at small forward.

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Longtime Friend: Kevin Durant's Decision '90 Percent Made'

Jun 30, 2016 3:40 PM

Kevin Durant is widely expected to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder for at least one more season.

Durant will meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

“His decision is 90 percent made. It would take an amazing sales pitch to change it,” said one of Durant’s longtime friends.

Another Durant colleague said, “It’s going to take some sweet-talking to get him to pass up all the money he can get by staying in OKC.”

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Clippers Want Blake, Paul, DeAndre In On Durant Meeting To Pitch Big 4

Jun 30, 2016 1:18 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are inviting Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul to their meeting with Kevin Durant.

The Clippers hope to pitch Durant on forming a Big 4.

Los Angeles would need to eliminate most of the rest of their team to sign Durant to even a below max deal while keeping Griffin, Jordan and Paul.

There had been speculation that the Clippers would trade away Griffin to create space for Durant should he want to sign with the team.

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Thunder Will Pursue Al Horford

Jun 30, 2016 10:08 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are pursuing Al Horford and have been making calls around the NBA looking to clear a massive amount of cap space.

Horford played for Billy Donovan at Florida and the two remain close.

The Thunder have a vacancy at power forward following their trade of Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic.

Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler have been shopped to teams with cap space.

In conversations with rival teams, the Thunder have indicated they will know which route they are taking early in July.

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Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors' Players Have Been Recruiting Kevin Durant All Season

Jun 29, 2016 1:33 PM

The Golden State Warriors' front office has long been planning to pursue Kevin Durant and several of their players reached out to him throughout the season.

"Here's the thing that's interesting about Golden State: their players have been recruiting Kevin Durant all year," said Wojnarowski. "It goes back to earlier in the season when the Thunder were struggling. I don't know that Golden State saw them as a peer or as a threat. They weren't playing great. They were in that mid-range in the west.

"Kevin Durant was hearing from guys on the Warriors about 'hey, you can help take the pressure off Steph Curry. We need you.'

"This was when they were running off win after win after win. They had him on their mind. It appealed to him.

"It's text messages, it's a lot of that. But the communication with some of the players of Golden State and Kevin, that's not just starting now."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Kevin Durant Sets Schedule For Free Agent Meetings

Jun 29, 2016 11:32 AM

Kevin Durant will meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 30th, one day before the official start of free agency.

Durant's meeting with the Thunder will take place in Oklahoma City before he flies to New York to meet with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers on July 1st. 

The San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics will meet with Durant on Saturday before the Miami Heat get the last meeting on Sunday, according to David Aldridge.

Players can meet with their incumbent teams before the start of the league's new fiscal year.

Durant will be a free agent for the first time in his career after signing an extension in 2010.

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Hawks Interested In Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard

Jun 28, 2016 11:49 AM

The Atlanta Hawks have interest in both Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard this offseason.

The Hawks hope the presence of Grant Hill can help them secure a meeting with Durant.

Howard is a native of Atlanta and he'll be a free agent after declining his $23 million player option with the Houston Rockets.

Atlanta's offseason priorities also remain re-signing Al Horford and Kent Bazemore.

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Carmelo Anthony Has Begun Recruitment Of Kevin Durant

Jun 27, 2016 2:24 PM

Carmelo Anthony has begun his recruitment of Kevin Durant in free agency. The New York Knicks are pursuing Durant in free agency.

Anthony and Durant were teammates during the 2012 Olympics in London. 

"We've been together," said Anthony. "We've been talking."

Durant's free agency meetings are expected to be held in the New York area.

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Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork

Jun 27, 2016 11:17 AM

Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Teams meeting with Durant feel like they're laying the groundwork for his 2017 offseason as they anticipate that probable outcome.

The Thunder nearly reached The Finals in 2016 and the ability for Durant to re-sign on a short-term deal and then take a longer view when Russell Westbrook is also a free agent is appealing.

Even if Durant left the Thunder in free agency this summer, he would look for a one-plus-one contract in order to maximize his salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

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Wizards Don't Expect To Sign Kevin Durant

Jun 26, 2016 4:33 PM

The Washington Wizards believe it is unlikely they will sign Kevin Durant in free agency.

The Wizards have been setting up for a pursuit of Durant in the 2016 offseason for several years. Durant grew up in the Washington area and the hope was he would be intrigued by a homecoming.

"It's not like LeBron and Cleveland," a source told McHenry.

Washington hired Scott Brooks as head coach, who worked with Durant for several seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Wizards must contend this offseason with the restricted free agency of Bradley Beal.

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

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Warriors Believe Kevin Durant Odds 'Enhanced Significantly' Losing To Cavs In Finals
The Warriors will meet with Kevin Durant at the start of free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will meet with at least three teams when free agency begins on July 1.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Serge Ibaka Had Been Sending Some Signals Of Leaving Thunder In 2017
Oklahoma City made the trade also knowing Kevin Durant was fine with Serge Ibaka being traded.

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Magic Acquire Serge Ibaka From Thunder
The Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Durant Likes Warriors' Silicon Valley Connections, 'Sees Advantages Beyond Basketball'
Kevin Durant likes the Warriors' "deep connections to Silicon Valley" and "sees advantages beyond basketball."

Adam Lauridsen/San Jose Mercury News

Thunder Making Serge Ibaka Available In Trade Talks
Serge Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Kevin Durant To Take Free Agency Meetings In Los Angeles
Kevin Durant has decided to hear free agent proposals in Los Angeles where he owns a home in the offseason.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Warriors' Top Target In Offseason Remains Kevin Durant
The most likely scenario is for Kevin Durant to sign a one-plus-one contract with the Thunder to return to free agency in 2017.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Russell Westbrook Won't Participate In 2016 Olympics
Russell Westbrook won a gold medal with the United States in the 2012 Olympics.

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Kevin Durant Expected To Take Face-To-Face Meetings With Rival Teams
The Warriors and Spurs are considered the strongest threats to sign Kevin Durant away from the Thunder.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kevin Durant Won't Consider Rockets In Free Agency
Kevin Durant and James Harden have been spending time together this week but it isn't expected to factor into Durant's offseason plans.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Hire Adrian Griffin To Replace Monty Williams
The defensive-minded Adrian Griffin counts Scott Skiles and Tom Thibodeau among his strongest coaching influences.

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Aubrey McClendon's Death Ruled Accidental
Aubrey McClendon was a part owner of the Thunder.

Kevin Helliker, Erin Ailworth, Ryan Dezember/Wall Street Journal

Sam Presti Confident Kevin Durant Will Re-Sign With Thunder
Sam Presti hopes Kevin Durant makes a quick decision as it will help with Oklahoma City's other roster decisions.

Cliff Brunt/Associated Press

Kevin Durant Still Planning On Playing In Olympics
Kevin Durant was a member of the United States' gold medal winning team in 2012.

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Kevin Durant May Prefer Stability Over Upside Of One-Plus-One Contract
Kevin Durant doesn't have interest in a high profile free agency tour.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Kevin Durant Could Earn Substantially More By Signing One-Plus-One
Between 16-17 until 20-21, Kevin Durant would earn $185 million, an additional $36.2 million, by using this strategy.

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Durant: Being Around Great People, Having Fun Playing Basketball Most Important
Kevin Durant was asked if he plans on taking visits to multiple cities and to have the feeling of being recruited and courted in free agency.

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Dunc'd On: Finals Preview, OKC Offseason Cap Preview
Why this Finals will be nothing like the Conference Finals for either team and how Cleveland can defend the Warriors with Danny Leroux, then an offseason preview of the Thunder with Jon Hamm.

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