Another Awesome Rumored Free Agent Destination For Kevin Durant: Toronto
Eric Goldschein 01:20 pm, November 12th, 2014
No doubt that it's still way too early to discuss Kevin Durant possibly leaving Oklahoma City in 2016, but we're going to do it anyway since we can't talk about KD doing things like "playing" at the moment. And as the Thunder's championship window continues to slowly close thanks to injuries and a tough Western Conference, the concept of Durant bolting for less stingy pastures doesn't seem so outlandish.
There's already plenty of reason to believe that Durant might want to sign with his hometown team, the Washington Wizards. But there's more than one team in the NBA, and Adrian Wojnarowski, the most trusted name in league news, highlighted a dark horse contender for Durant's services in the Toronto Raptors.
Woj spoke to Toronto 1050 about the current Raptors roster and how it might be upgraded going forward, and he spoke glowingly about the job general manager Masai Ujiri has done in promoting Toronto as a big-time, big-market, big-name destination. You can listen to the interview here, and skip to 5:05 for the most salient bit. Here's the transcript (emphasis ours):
"We all know what a big-time market Toronto is in and of itself, never mind having the whole country, which has become increasingly basketball crazy... I wouldn't be shocked if Masai [Ujiri] goes really hard at Kevin Durant in a couple of years and gets in the mix. I'm not saying they're gonna get him but I think he's unafraid in that way to really pursue the great player and sell them on a situation where there's pieces around you, you can win here, we can chase championships, you can get all the big endorsements, all the big outside things that you want are available to you here."
Sure, we're probably reading way too much into this little comment, a comment that doesn't come from Durant's camp, or Toronto's camp, or anyone else's. But just the idea of Durant in Toronto is exciting. If Durant is going to move on, Toronto's roster is a great fit for him (a backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan with Durant at forward sounds deadly), and the fan base proved this past postseason that they're arguably the most passionate in the league. It just makes sense.
Now, we're a long way away from Durant's free agency, and the Raptors will likely join every other team in the league in vying for his services if and when the time comes. But if Washington isn't a lock to get him, Toronto should be the next team up.
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