The 61-6 Warriors have gotten the loudest praise night in and night out this season. Yet, the Spurs are right on their tails, only four games worse at 57-10. Could the fight for the best record in the Western Conference be a little preview, a microcosm of what is to come in the battle for Kevin Durant during his free agency this summer?
KD will become a free agent on July 1. He could return to the Thunder, the only team he’s ever called home since entering the NBA in 2007. He could head to the Warriors, too, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical reported at the beginning of February. But just like always, the Spurs may be quietly lingering behind Golden State.
Chris Mannix, also of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, had an interesting line during his column about Durant from this morning:
The fight for Durant doesn’t formally begin until July, but make no mistake: Teams are already gearing up. The coming spike in the salary cap has created a landscape for which nobody prepared. Golden State is considered a realistic option, San Antonio is lurking in the weeds, and it’s widely believed Boston will make its way onto Durant’s radar in the coming months. Indeed, a Bachelor-like courtship is set to commence.
Lurking…Hmmmm…Sounds very Spursy, though Mannix isn’t specific if that statement is based on information he’s heard from people in the know or if it’s just speculation.