With recent news breaking that Kevin Durant could be used as a sign-and-trade option, where are the most likely destinations? A sign-and-trade would allow Durant to make $50 million more in a max deal over the course of a few seasons, although it must be delayed a few months per NBA rules. With Durant out for the 2019-20 season, he has all the time in the World.
3. New York Knicks
Perhaps the most obvious on the list, the Knicks have been gunning for Durant since it was determined he would hit the open market. They have the cap space to take on the contract and they have assets to send back to Golden State, including Kevin Knox or Mitchell Robinson, should the Warriors demand.
2. Brooklyn Nets
With the Nets reportedly frontrunners to land Kyrie Irving, they could very well position themselves to land Durant as well. Brooklyn has several young assets and could even swing a D’Angelo Russell sign-and-trade, should the Warriors wish. They also have young assets such as Caris LeVert and Jared Allen. Brooklyn would accelerate their contending process considerably by making such a deal.
1. Los Angeles Clippers
With rumors of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant teaming up in free agency, could KD head to LA in a trade? Such a deal would likely have to give considerable young talent back to the Warriors in return, such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Ivica Zubac or even Montrezl Harrell. Just months after surprisingly pushing the Dubs to 6 games, the Clippers could steal their best asset.