Back in February, reports came out that the Houston Rockets were planning to go after highly prized free agent-to-be Kevin Durant this summer. At the time, the idea was that they’d try to build a big three including current Rockets, James Harden and Dwight Howard.

With Howard likely leaving town, that scenario is pretty much off the table. Still, when social media heard that Harden and Durant, former teammates with the Thunder, have been hanging out this week, the rumor mill heated up once again. Then, ESPN insider Marc Stein promptly shot down any hopes for Houston to land Durant.

According to Stein, Durant will not consider the Houston Rockets as a destination in free agency, despite his friendship with Harden and the franchise’s obvious enamorment for him.

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Stein also said that Durant and Harden spending time together in the offseason is not out of the ordinary, with their friendship going back to 2009 when they first joined forces in OKC.

The consensus is that Durant will sign a two-year max deal to stay with the Thunder, with a player-option for the second. That way, he could opt out in 2017 and sign an even larger 5-year max contract compared to this offseason, thanks to the rising cap from the league’s television deal.

Still, Stein adds that Durant will still have meetings firsthand with a number of interested franchises, with the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs being the biggest threats to pull him in.

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