NBA fans won't have to wait too long to find out which team Kevin Durant will be suiting up for next season. KD's decision is expected within the next 24 hours, or by Monday afternoon, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
It'd be poetic if Durant announced that he'd sign with the Celtics on Monday, July 4 after Wyc Grousbeck suggested there'd be "fireworks" just a few years ago.
There are no guarantees though, but it'd be a fascinating wrinkle to the story.
At the least, one team has apparently removed themselves from the Durant sweepstakes. The Clippers re-signed Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson on Saturday night. That comes less than 24 hours after Durant was reportedly “blown away” by the Clippers’ pitch.
So much for that.
The Warriors are reportedly negotiating with free agent guard Jamal Crawford, according to Rotoworld's Ed Isaacson, which would likely take them out of the Durant sweepstakes as well. But they might hold off until they receive word from Durant. The Spurs have a difficult cap situation and would need to trade at least one player to add Durant.
If those teams are eliminated, that would leave the Heat, who Durant meets with Sunday, the Thunder, and the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski suggested Saturday Durant had been recruiting Horford to sign with the Thunder (who would have to trade Enes Kanter to make it work), but Horford ultimately decided there was no assurance that Durant and Russell Westbrook would stay there long-term.
If we’re reading between the lines of Woj’s report, it’s fair to wonder if Durant shares those concerns. If that’s the case, then it could be very good news for the Celtics at some point over the next two days.
Monday night’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular might have a bit of an extra special meaning this year for Celtics fans.
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