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The Clippers Are Apparently Pitching A Big Four To Lure Kevin Durant To Los Angeles

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Kevin Durant’s list of eligible suitors isn’t long — just six teams. One of the organizations that surprised some by making that list was the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, consummate ear-to-the-ground reporter, has begun to unearth what their pitch to him will look like:

The idea isn’t totally ludicrous. Durant does spend the majority of his free, non-Thunder time in Los Angeles, and signing with the Clippers instead of the Lakers gives him a chance to compete for a title next year, which has been one of the few clear prerogatives of his much-discussed free agency. It is hard to see him signing for anything less than an über-maximum salary, though. Durant is, at worst, the third-most coveted basketball player in the world.

An alternative universe has Durant, the Clippers, and the Thunder working out a trade that sends Blake Griffin back to his home state of Oklahoma to play alongside Russell Westbrook, in what may become the most dunky team of all time. This would yield Durant a larger salary.

Durant would be leaving a stable, largely leak-free organization for one of the league’s most spectacularly porous clubs if he went to the Clippers, though. It’s difficult to envision the low-key KD making such a transition, but then again, maybe this weekend will show us just how little we know about the superstar.

There’s also the possibility that the Clippers are one of the many teams just laying seeds for next summer, when it is anticipated that Durant could go right back onto the market after signing a one-year deal with the Thunder. ESPN’s Arash Markazi suggests as much:

Stay tuned for more as this story develops.

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