Warriors rumors: Golden State unlikely to pursue Kevin Durant delayed sign-and

Los Angeles Lakers'think they have a strong shot at signing Kawhi Leonard according to report	
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Los Angeles Lakers'think they have a strong shot at signing Kawhi Leonard according to report John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

One of the crown jewels of the 2019 free agent class is expected to be two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

Since joining the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant has experienced about as much success as possible. The injured star and his business manager, Rich Kleiman, are now in NY assessing his options, according to ESPN.

With Irving linked to the Brooklyn Nets, Leonard's options of returning home to Los Angeles or staying with the title-winning Toronto Raptors and Durant's Achilles injury, the once-promising offseason could result in continuing the rebuild. The option was worth $31.5 million for the upcoming season.

The former two-time Finals MVP and Kia MVP victor enters the offseason as perhaps the biggest name on the market alongside the Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, the Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard and Durant's Warriors teammate, Klay Thompson.

Durant put forth one of the more impressive postseasons in National Basketball Association history, averaging 32.3 points (on 51.4% shooting), but suffered a calf injury in the Western Conference Semifinals that would sideline him for nine games.

Free agency is nearly here, which will finally decide if the New York Knicks will sign players like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Kyrie Irving.

If Durant were to re-sign with the Warriors, he could ink a five-year, $221 million deal.

The Warriors can offer him the longest deal with the most money, but the Nets are reportedly the front runners to land the two-time National Basketball Association champ.

Bucher writes "Durant and Irving, league sources say, have met twice in recent weeks to discuss their desire to continue their careers on the same team, an idea forged while playing together on the US national team".

It appears that Durant will still get a max contract, regardless of where he ends up.

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