With almost a full week between the end of the Eastern Conference Finals and the start of the NBA Finals, the NBA world is relatively quiet. There are newsworthy items, particularly stemming from the ongoing saga that is the Los Angeles Lakers, but the extended break also provides a bit of time for big-picture thinking, including some look-ahead potential for the 2019 free agent class.
Through that lens, the folks at BetOnline.ag released updated odds on where some of the big names might play the first game of the 2019-20 season (and, yes, that is the way the bets are listed) and some interesting takeaways emerge. It is always worth noting that listings of this nature are designed to induce bets (and discussion) but, for players like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, any information can and will be seen as potentially predictive.
Durant, as often, headlines the list and, in this setting, the New York Knicks (6/5) are seen as the favorites to land his services. This comes as no surprise to anyone following the proceedings in recent weeks but it is the LA Clippers (and not the Golden State Warriors) that arrive in runner-up position. The Clippers have received some KD-driven buzz but it is somewhat jarring to see them listed as more likely than a return trip from Durant to Oakland, even if there is some guessing involved.