Death and taxes aren't the only certainties in life. Kevin Durant destination rumors belong on such a list. The wave of speculation and reports rolls on, as all knew they would.
In most cases, the focus surrounding the Oklahoma City Thunder star involves the Washington Wizards. From Miami Hat writer Ira Winderman with the Sun Sentinel:
"One of Durant's associates in South Florida has been telling me for months that if Durant leaves the Thunder, it would be to return home to Washington."
Durant's current contract expires after the 2015-16. To date the Wizards have positioned themselves to make a run at the high-scoring forward and famous son from Prince George's County. Of course, that statement does or will apply to around half the teams in the NBA.
That group could include the Heat, who is currently in discussions with their own high profile free agent. Dwyane Wade's contract situation affects Miami's financial freedom going forward, according to Dan LeBatard with the Miami Herald.
"The Heat seems to want Wade to opt into his contract for next season at $16 million, then become a free agent and leave their and his future blank-check open. This will give the Heat the flexibility it craves to make a run at a player like Kevin Durant."
Expect variations on this angle elsewhere around the league, though with the Heat and Pat Riley involved, it's wise to this one seriously. Miami has been known to land a big fish or two over the years. Besides, South Beach rocks and Florida doesn't have income tax.
It's just not Washington. In the case of Kevin Durant, that might be all that matters -- at least until the next rumor.
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