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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

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Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 24, 2016 11:22 PM

The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City are the first three teams to be granted recruiting meetings with Kevin Durant when free agency begins at midnight EST on July 1st.

The list of teams that get to meet with Durant directly will grow as free agency approaches.

Contingents from the Warriors and Spurs are planning to fly to an undisclosed location once free agency starts to meet with Durant. Agent Rich Kleiman and selected family members and friends will be included in the meetings.

Durant will be a free agent for the first time in his career.

The Thunder have been considered the favorites to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract.

After missing large portions of the 14-15 season with multiple foot surgeries, Durant returned to form in 15-16 and led the Thunder to within one win from their first Finals appearance since 2012.

The Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers also hope to meet with Durant.

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Spurs To Sign 2013 First Round Pick Livio Jean-Charles

Jun 24, 2016 7:31 PM

The San Antonio Spurs will offer Livio Jean-Charles a contract this offseason.

Jean-Charles was a first round pick by the Spurs in 2013.

Jean-Charles averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and one block per game in the regular season in the French league.

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Kawhi Leonard Withdraws From Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 1:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard has withdrawn from consideration for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Leonard is the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year and finished second in MVP voting.

The United States has considerable depth at forward in Paul George, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Jimmy Butler.

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Kevin Durant To Take Free Agency Meetings In Los Angeles

Jun 23, 2016 10:36 AM

Kevin Durant has decided to hear free agent proposals in Los Angeles where he owns a home in the offseason.

Durant had considered holding meetings in New York.

The same source that confirmed the Los Angeles meetings said Durant's preference is to sign with the Golden State Warriors if he doesn't re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With the Warriors beating the Thunder and then losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in The Finals, the theory is that Durant going to Golden State makes more sense now.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

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Manu Ginobili Opts Out Of Contract With Spurs

Jun 22, 2016 11:14 AM

Manu Ginobili will opt out of his $2.9 million deal for the 16-17 season with the San Antonio Spurs.

Ginobili had a Wednesday deadline to make a decision on his player option.

Ginobili is leaning towards playing next season with the Spurs under a new contract.

In 58 games last season, Ginobili averaged 9.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 19.6 minutes.

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Warriors' Top Target In Offseason Remains Kevin Durant

Jun 21, 2016 2:01 PM

Kevin Durant will be the top priority for the Golden State Warriors in the offseason.

Joe Lacob, without addressing Durant specifically so as not to violate league rules that prohibit such discussion before July 1, said Sunday night on his way out of Oracle Arena: "All I can say is that I will be very aggressive."

The Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are amongst the teams expected to secure a face-to-face meeting with Durant.

The most likely scenario is for Durant to sign a one-plus-one contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder to return to free agency in 2017.

Durant addressed his pending free agency Monday, acknowledging that "it's a little bit complicated right now" but also stressing that he ultimately is "worried about basketball."

"That's what it is for me," he said. "It's a basketball decision."

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Magic Trying To Hire Chad Forcier As Frank Vogel's Top Assistant

Jun 15, 2016 9:13 PM

Frank Vogel is pursuing Chad Forcier to be his top assistant with the Orlando Magic.

Forcier has been an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs since 2007 and was with the Indiana Pacers for several season prior to that working for Rick Carlisle. 

Forcier's career began with the Seattle SuperSonics as an intern for George Karl.

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David West Declines $1.5M Option For 16-17 With Spurs

Jun 13, 2016 5:06 PM

David West has declined his $1.5 million player option for the 16-17 season and will evaluate his playing future.

West signed a two-year deal with the Spurs last offseason after rejecting his $12.6 million option with the Indiana Pacers. West wanted to move on from the Pacers and pursue a title.

The Spurs could give West a more lucrative deal depending on their free-agent pursuits.

West was always expected to decline the second season of his contract.

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Kevin Durant Expected To Take Face-To-Face Meetings With Rival Teams

Jun 10, 2016 11:51 AM

Kevin Durant is widely expected to take a number of face-to-face recruiting meetings with a select group of interested teams during his free agency.

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are considered the strongest threats to sign Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant and the Thunder were one win away from reaching The Finals against the Warriors with Durant and Russell Westbrook encouraged by the development of several younger players such as Steven Adams and Andre Roberson.

The widely regarded most likely scenario is for Durant to re-sign with the Thunder on a one-plus-one max contract to re-enter free agency in 2017 when Westbrook will also be a free agent and he can sign a significantly more lucrative contract.

Durant was the 2014 NBA MVP but the Thunder lost in the Western Conference Finals that season to the Spurs. During the 14-15 season, Durant underwent a number of foot surgeries.

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