Chris Broussard Drops NBA Free Agency Speculation Bomb On SportsCenter
To say that a particular team will be "going after Kevin Durant" this summer is like saying people will notice Amber Rose when she walk down the street in yoga pants. Of course every NBA franchise will be looking to add the dynamic 27-year-old former MVP. He's one of the three best basketball players on the planet. But when you float the idea that there's chatter regarding the reigning champs offseason plans and KD, your imagination begins to run wild.
Chris Broussard dropped one of his signature speculation bombs on "SportsCenter" Monday afternoon...
People need to expand their horizons because, remember, when the cap going up to $930 million or maybe more, everybody essentially is going to have money. Not every team but the majority of teams will have plenty of money. Houston is going to make a run at him so several teams will try to make runs at him. but the one that really will shock people and this is what a few executives around the league have told me, golden state. wouldn't that be something? golden state will have money. they would have to let harrison barnes go as a free agent, probably trade andrew bogut but they'll have the money to go after kevin durant. they can have the money, and remember, a few years ago when they didn't even have cap space, they went after dwight howard. so this is an ambitious front office that is looking, you know, to really turn this team into a dynasty and that's certainly what it would be if kevin durant would go there. not everything at this point is speculative, but the point is there are many teams out there, more than the lakers, more than the wizards, that are going to go after kevin durant -- and so golden state could be one of them.
Is this an actual rumor or just Chris Broussard kicking the tires of an insane NBA free agency scenario? Is there any way to know if his sources are even real people? Do we even care? KEVIN DURANT ON THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS WOULD BE A BASKETBALL KAIJU.
NBA BLOCKBUSTER TRADE WISH-LIST
TRADE WISH #1
-- CHICAGO BULLS RECEIVE CARMELO ANTHONY
-- NEW YORK KNICKS RECEIVE JOAKIM NOAH, TAJ GIBSON
WHY I WANT IT: The numbers make sense, the Bulls get the wing scorer they so desperately wanted two summers ago, Carmelo gets a shot at a ring, the Knicks get the interior presence the so desperately need, the Porzingis era can officially begin, Noah is a true blue New Yorker who reminds me of a seven-foot Anthony Mason.
WHY I WON'T GET IT: Carmelo has a no-trade clause and the turmoil between Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose doesn't exactly make the Bulls an enticing destination, Noah is in the final year of his contract and could bolt in free agency, Taj Gibson is 30 and his numbers are dipping.
TRADE WISH #2
-- MIAMI HEAT RECEIVE DEMARCUS COUSINS
-- SACRAMENTO KINGS RECEIVE HASSAN WHITESIDE (SIGN AND TRADE), LUOL DENG, JUSTISE WINSLOW
WHY I WANT IT: Cousins on the Heat would guarantee a Miami-Cleveland Eastern Conference Finals, Kings would get a full reboot behind a 25-year-old dominant center (who isn't extremely difficult to work with) and a promising lottery pick in Justise Winslow, Miami gets something for Whiteside, who they won't be able to afford in free agency, Justise Winslow no longer has to play behind Dwyane Wade.
WHY I WON'T GET IT: Sacramento seems content sitting on the final three years of Cousins' contract regardless of how much they lose/how unhappy he is.
TRADE WISH #3
-- NEW ORLEANS PELICANS RECEIVE DWIGHT HOWARD
-- HOUSTON ROCKETS RECEIVE RYAN ANDERSON, OMIR ASIK, QUINCY PONDEXTER
WHY I WANT IT: So I can stop reading about the Dwight Howard-James Harden drama, Rockets get a three-point shooter with an expiring contract (two things Daryl Morey loves) in exchange for a guy who was going to opt out at the end of the year, Asik gets to start over in Houston, Dwight gets to play in a small market that won't bother him when he quits, Anthony Davis gets to play with someone who's been selected to an All-Star team, Rockets don't have to worry about facing Dwight in the playoffs, guarantees additional cap space for Houston this offseason.
WHY I WON'T GET IT: Howard doesn't seem as eager to leave town as he did earlier in December, all relevant parts of this trade could very well leave in free agency this summer, Rockets GM Daryl Morey probably wants a lot more than the Pelicans can give him.