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Gregg Popovich Discusses Spurs’ Approach to Free Agency

Apr 13, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches his team take on the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches his team take on the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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We are just a few days away from when the fun really begins: free agency. The top prize this season is Kevin Durant. What lengths will teams go for the one-time league MVP?

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The San Antonio Spurs are one of the six NBA teams that have secured a sit-down meeting with Kevin Durant once NBA free agency opens on July 1 and their approach to luring the former league MVP away from the Oklahoma City Thunder could be different than most.

After landing LaMarcus Aldridge during the summer of 2015, Popovich and the Spurs plan to put the same sort of plan into action in their pursuit of Durant.

“We’re pretty straightforward when we talk to free agents or whatever,” Popovich said earlier this year when reflecting on Aldridge’s free agency. “Players talk all the time, so they either already like us or they don’t.”

Most teams will go a bit overboard when trying to bring free agents to their teams. As Gregg Popovich stated above to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, players already have a sense of whether they like someone or don’t. Popovich is a well-liked, well-respected coach in the NBA.

Take it as you will, Durant did state his decision will be based on basketball and nothing else, which should help the Spurs’ chances.

Popovich made it quite clear that the organization isn’t going to try and impress the former Texas Longhorns star with anything other than their ability to help him move closer to winning an NBA championship.

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The Spurs have five banners hanging from the rafters that surely Durant has taken a liking to when his Oklahoma City Thunder have visited the AT&T Center. That’s right Durant… you can also say you helped bring one to San Antonio if you signed.

One team that can definitely make that dream come true.

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