On Wednesday, Kevin Durant shocked literally no one when he decided to opt out of his contract with the Warriors and become a free agent after a season filled with speculation about where he’ll be playing (or, more accurately, not playing) next year.
It’s safe to say the superstar suffered a slight setback when he tore his Achilles in the NBA FInals after possibly returning too soon from another injury, and while he might be spending the next year recovering, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still teams interested in giving him a boatload of money in the hopes he’ll be a force to be reckoned with when he returns (which is far from a sure thing).
During the season, it appeared the Knicks were the frontrunners to land Durant. However, James Dolan seems like he’s hesitant to offer him a max contract due to the Achilles issue, and when you consider the forward made it very clear what his free agency priorities are, there’s virtually no chance he’ll sign with them unless he gets top dollar.
However, it appears there’s a chance Durant could still end up in New York, as Vegas is currently listing the Nets as the favorites to land him—and a new report has people buzzing about that possibility.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Durant recently sold his $12 million beach house in Malibu and Bleacher Report claims he followed up that transaction by purchasing a new home in NYC. As a result, if you like reading way too much into real estate deals, it seems like there’s a solid chance he’ll be trading coasts when everything is said and done.
With that said, as Total Pro Sports notes, Durant’s investment company opened an office in New York earlier this year, so there’s a chance he just wants to be closer to his base of operations while he recuperates.
At the end of the day, no one really has any idea what the hell is going to happen but that’s not going to stop us from overanalyzing every single report that comes out.
After all, isn’t that what free agency season is all about?