After what seemed like a quiet past few weeks in NBA offseason drama, we have another potential blockbuster move that could happen after next year's NBA season.
Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. We don't know truly how reliable this is.
Kevin Durant joining the Lakers with LeBron James would immediately shift the balance of power in the NBA and would likely mark the end of the Warriors dynasty if it were to happen.
Spoke to a source today who confirmed Kevin Durant will be a LA Laker next year.— Brandon Robinson (@ScoopB) September 17, 2018
“Just like LeBron planned his move LA a year or more earlier, #KD is doing the same right now. They want to form the best duo in the NBA and set up KD to be the face of the Lakers post-#LeBron.” pic.twitter.com/BWR9TOWPMZ
Obviously this is an isolated report that isn't widely acknowledged, but it would be nice to think about what that lineup would look like if KD were to put on the purple and gold.
Can you imagine a death lineup with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, LeBron, Kyle Kuzma, and Durant? Add in the possibility of Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard coming over after next year and this team makes the Warriors look like the Knicks.
For Durant, he would be giving up a lot of money if he were to come over from the Warriors, as he would be eligible for a supermax contract if re-signed with Golden State.
Kevin Durant’s 1+1 deal would pay him $30.0M next season, and enable him to become a free agent next summer. He’d then be eligible to sign a five-year, project $221M max contract. That would be $251M over the next six years (through age 35).— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 1, 2018
Walking away from a quarter of a billion dollars is not easy, especially when the team paying you has won three of the last four NBA finals. However, Kevin Durant has never been one to side with public opinion.