The long-awaited free agency summer of 2019 became a lot more interesting when Kevin Durant went down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, suffering what is believed to be a torn Achilles.
Prior to the injury, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the 10-time All-Star would opt out of his final year with the Golden State Warriors to test the free agent waters. However, early buzz following the shocking news suggested that the injury could force KD to opt in and remain in Oakland while captaining his own recovery.
But Adrian Wojnarowski isn't buying it. During an appearance on ESPN's Get Up, Woj coined Durant's chances of opting in as a "last resort," saying the superstar would only do so if he couldn't find another team to commit to him on a long-term contract.
Perhaps the most important words that the basketball whisperer uttered were, "If he opts out of the contract and even if he did a short deal with another team, a two-year deal, that starts at $38 million. I still think there’s going to be a market for Kevin Durant to get a, whether it’s a max or near max, contract."
If there were ever a man to trust, it is Woj. And that sound you hear is Clippers, Knicks, and maybe Nets fans breathing a massive sigh of relief.
There are genuine concerns that the injury will hinder Durant from reaching the all-time great level that he's played at for the majority of his career. And his injury could still very well alter the way some teams are looking at free agency. But, according to Woj, there will still be some willing to take a chance, which is all that matters.
Whether or not he is offered a max contract is next up on the debate platform.