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NBA rumors: Clippers equal free-agent threat to Knicks for Kevin Durant

NBA rumors: Clippers equal free-agent threat to Knicks for Kevin Durant

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Another day, another Kevin Durant free-agency story.

This one comes from Marc Stein of The New York Times:

Within the last month, very smart and plugged-in people I have consulted say that the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Durant away from Golden State. And I believe it.

But as Stein also writes:

Problem is, at various points during the season, I have heard trusted insiders state with conviction that Durant is already planning to join the Knicks … and then that he is likely to consider the Nets as well … and now that he is eyeing the Clippers just as intently as New York.

Sounds about right when you consider there have been approximately 327,845 different KD stories written this season.

On Monday night, the Warriors superstar's agent/manager, Rich Kleiman, said that Durant is "100 percent undecided" when it comes to his future plans.

"I'm waiting on Kevin," Kleiman said at The Wall Street Journal's "Future of Everything Festival" in New York. "That's the truth ... he really doesn't know and I really don't know."

It's safe to assume that certain scenarios have been discussed, but it makes sense if KD hasn't made a final decision.

Remember, although he knew he wanted to sign with the Warriors back in 2016, he said he wouldn't have come to Golden State had the Dubs beat the Cavs in the NBA Finals.

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This is why he wants to wait as long as possible to see how everything shakes out.

For now, Durant's strained right calf and his availability for the NBA Finals is much more important than what happens in July.

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NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

It’s draft time!

With the 2019 NBA Draft just days away, a slightly clearer picture has developed. The top three picks are close to a lock, but with the huge trade over the weekend between the Pelicans and Lakers, the draft board could get very interesting at the No. 4 pick.

Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers changes the whole league, and yes, the draft as well.

Teams are wrapping up their last draft workouts early this week and then they’ll enter the war room phase of the offseason.

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There are a handful of teams with multiple picks and it should be an active evening as teams prep for what lies ahead this summer. 

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NBA rumors: Draymond Green flew to New York, planned to visit Kevin Durant

NBA rumors: Draymond Green flew to New York, planned to visit Kevin Durant

It sounds like Draymond Green might have spent Father's Day in New York.

The Warriors forward flew from San Francisco to the Big Apple this weekend and had plans to visit with Kevin Durant, an NBA source told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“It’s his friend,’’ the source told The Post. “KD doesn’t have to be recruited by Draymond after being there three years.’’

Last Wednesday, Durant underwent surgery on his ruptured right Achilles tendon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley, who also performed the bone graft surgery on the two-time NBA Finals MVP's right foot back in March 2015. 

Despite their highly publicized verbal confrontation back in mid-November, KD and Draymond remain close and will still be friends even if they are not teammates next season.

Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in less than two weeks and can negotiate with other teams (including the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets) starting at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 30.

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Draymond is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 but is eligible to sign an extension (worth a maximum of about $100 million over four seasons) with the Warriors this summer.

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