One of the teams in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes competing with the San Antonio Spurs is the Los Angeles Clippers. They look to be a formidable opponent for the superstar’s services.
The Clippers are believed to be focusing their pitch around the idea of Durant coming to L.A. to form an intimidating “Big 4” along with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.
Ramona Shelburne, Arash Markazi, and Chris Broussard are reporting that Doc Rivers and Steve Ballmer will lead the meeting with Durant, and Paul, Griffin, and Jordan could possibly make appearances.
Adding Durant to that mix would probably give the Clippers the best top-4 of any team in the NBA, and possibly make them the favorites to win the Western Conference next season.
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Of course, the Clippers don’t have a monopoly on that claim. The Golden State Warriors could use that same selling point to Durant about him, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson.
The Spurs currently have only about $12 million in cap space, but there are other roster maneuvers that could free up cap space to give Durant a more competitive offer. One of which is trading Danny Green, which would free up an extra $10 million.
The Spurs being able to wield $22 million in cap space would put them in a much stronger position in the battle for Durant.
The Clippers would have to let all their current free agents walk to realistically afford Durant. They’d also have to find a trading partner for J.J. Redick, but the fact that the Clippers could conceivably have a core of Paul, Durant, Griffin, and Jordan would significantly shift the power structure of the Western Conference.
The Spurs don’t have the cache of some of their competitors in regards to their boasts of a “Big 4,” but a “Big 3” of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Durant would likely become the top trio in the NBA.
Durant has numerous opportunities to put himself in a successful situation. Free agency is going to be a very exciting time for him.