Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the East is the inferior NBA conference. Nobody needed to see LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers essentially cruise to reach the NBA Finals or the formidable San Antonio Spurs bounced early in the West for verification.
This trend doesn't seem likely to end anytime soon. That is, unless free agents decide they would rather chase a title through the East rather than keep meeting up with formidable foes from the first round on in the West.
This brings us to back to the always popular subject of Oklahoma City star and D.C. area native Kevin Durant possibly joining the Washington Wizards in the summer of 2016. The website Basketball Insiders spoke with NBA players about a possible West-to-East movement.
“Players will consider going to the East, for sure,” one Western Conference player told Basketball Insiders. “The East is down right now and the West is a dogfight. The seventh- or eighth-seeded team in the West could possibly make the Eastern Conference Finals with how things are now.”
“It wouldn’t be a bad idea [to join an East team],” added another NBA player. “I’m pretty sure Kevin Durant is going to start it off and go home to [the Washington Wizards in] D.C.”
Now, don't start jumping for joy just yet. We have no idea if this source is credible or has any real information or is simply speculating like just about everyone else interested in this topic. Assume the latter for now. Besides, there is another season before Durant becomes a free agent, a season the high-scoring forward will spend with new Thunder coach Billy Donovan. The league salary cap will go up before next summer and large number of teams will use that ammo for a run at Durant. Consider his lingering foot injury and there are plenty of factors in play.
That said, it's basically summertime and there isn't much else to ponder. The NBA Finals are a week away, the draft is a month out followed by the start of 2015 free agency. You want to let the imagination run wild with KD2DC thoughts in the mean time, go for it. At least one anonymous player thinks that's a reasonable plan.