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Kevin Durant Being Lured to Houston By James Harden?

By Ian Smith
Jan 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) wait for a rebound at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) wait for a rebound at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Will the San Antonio Spurs have to battle with the Houston Rockets for the services of Kevin Durant?

Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that James Harden is devoting some time to hang out with Durant this week.

It could just be two old friends looking to spend some time together after a hectic NBA season, but the most cynical of fans are already speculating that Harden has some ulterior motives for hanging out with Durant, considering the circumstances surrounding the meeting.

Durant is a free agent, and Harden might be trying to convince his friend to join him in Houston to go after some championship rings together.

Harden and Durant were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2009-2012. They made one Finals appearance as teammates, losing to the Miami Heat in 2012.

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Sources close to each of them say that Harden isn’t trying to recruit Durant to Houston, but logistically speaking the opportunity for Durant to join the Rockets remains.

Houston has plenty of salary cap space to offer Durant a max deal, and even more room if Dwight Howard declines his $23.3 million player option for next season.

They could theoretically add Durant along with another max player if Howard were to opt out.

The Spurs, Golden State Warriors, and Boston Celtics are seen as the main threats to lure Durant away from Oklahoma City. The Celtics can theoretically sign 2 max players this offseason like the Rockets.

The Spurs don’t have the cap room to go after another marquee free agent besides Durant, and the Warriors would have to shed more cap space than they currently have available to acquire Durant at a price he’ll likely command.

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Besides the Warriors and Thunder, the Spurs are the team listed above that has the most talent on their roster. If he does leave Oklahoma City, San Antonio would be a place that he could realistically compete for a championship.

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