Rumor: Clippers relocating to Seattle could improve their chances of signing Warriors’ Kevin Durant
If the NBA relocates to Seattle, could they lure the Los Angeles Clippers to the Emerald City? Moreover, can the city convince 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant to play in the Pacific Northwest again?
I'm not gonna lie to you, I think there's a real possibility that Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard end up on the Clippers this summer. pic.twitter.com/yygGg6FDSz
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 4, 2019
These are intriguing questions, to say the least. Marcus Thompson (the author of Durant’s upcoming book, “KD: Kevin Durant’s Relentless Pursuit to be the Greatest”) told The New York Post’s Marc Berman on May 8 Durant playing in Seattle again isn’t a far-fetched possibility.
The most titillating part of the Clippers as we speculate is the Clippers going to Seattle.
Seattle feels that this is home. Knowing that there’s a sliver of a chance they end up in Seattle, it would be hard to resist that being a perfect ending.
The Clippers are very interested. You could see [owner] Steve Ballmer trying to talk to him, having conversations [during the Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Clippers first-round series]. You know they’d love to do that.
The defunct Seattle SuperSonics made Durant the second overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. He played one season in Seattle, averaging 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game during the 2007-08 NBA season.
Kevin Durant’s rookie year in Seattle was nothing but buckets🔥 pic.twitter.com/3oo80Trvqg
— Hardwood Culture (@HardwoodCulture) February 20, 2019
The Sonics relocated to Oklahoma a season later. They became known as the Oklahoma City Thunder. If the Clippers become the second coming of the Sonics, Durant could finish his NBA career in Seattle. In that scenario, Durant would come full circle.
Thompson also considers rumors linking the New York Knicks to Durant premature. While he acknowledges the Knicks have a strong chance of landing Durant (his agent and manager, Rich Kleiman, is a Knicks fan), the rumors swirling the Clippers and Seattle could intervene, per Berman.
Despite not playing in the Emerald City for 11 years, Durant still considers it a special place, per the New York Post report. He has a player option valued at $31.5 million for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Where will Kevin Durant wind up next? The KD saga just became more interesting.