This certainly isn't the first report about Kevin Durant's free agency plans next summer and most definitely won't be the last. However, this nugget out of the Las Vegas Summer League is the latest - yet not the greatest when it comes to the idea of the local kid from the Maryland suburbs returning to play for the Washington Wizards.
You know the details: Durant, the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player, becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016. Seemingly every team covets Oklahoma City's prolific scorer. Many of them will have significant salary cap space, including the Wizards. Ultimately the idea of him truly testing free agency hinges on whether Durant would leave the Thunder, who can offer him the largest contract next year, and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook.
Reporting from CBSsports' Ken Berger says don't count on it:
Most league execs informally polled here at Summer League expect Durant to stay in Oklahoma City when he hits the market next summer. There are only a handful of teams that can legitimately think they're an option. The Lakers, the Mavs and the Wizards (in Durant's hometown) are in the mix, for starters. The Knicks? I mean, I guess, in theory.
Berger also connects contract negotiations between the Wizards and guard Bradley Beal with plans for 2016.
If Bradley Beal doesn't get an extension by the fall, one reason could be that the Wizards want to stay flexible so they can maximize their pursuit of Durant -- just as San Antonio did last year with Kawhi Leonard.
Anyway, when it comes to learning anything concrete on Durant's plans next summer, remaining flexible is a wise call. Regardless, the question will continually get asked - even to a player no longer on the Wizards, as Trevor Ariza discovered during an informal Twitter Q&A Monday. Amid relentless speculation, Ariza's response to Durant's possible future is really the only logical one.
Ask him https://t.co/ho4G0qiSJy
— trevorariza (@TrevorAriza) July 13, 2015