On SiriusXM NBA Radio today, Joel Meyers dropped a #Wojbomb. That is, the New Orleans Pelicans' play-by-play announcer released some powerfully explosive information that most fans are accustomed to hearing from Adrian Wojnarowski or some other NBA insider.
According to sources, @JoelMeyersNBA states that if the #Thunder don't make #NBA Finals, Kevin Durant will leave: https://t.co/T5LGarK2fx— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) March 7, 2016
Reportedly, Kevin Durant has set a very high bar for Oklahoma City -- the Thunder need to have one hell of a postseason run starting next month or he'll be playing for a different team come next season. If you listen to the entire Soundcloud bit, though, it gets even better.
Meyers goes on to say, "And to the point where he may want his own team. So everybody is talking about Golden State, there may be other teams coming into the equation for Kevin Durant. Where he's the principal, he's going to be the priority, he's going to be THE guy. So from what I've been told, it may not be Golden State after all."
This last part is positively tantalizing stuff! Durant isn't seeking to be just a regular teammate on a very good team. He wants to be the alpha male, the top dog. As it had once been traditionally the thing with most superstars, KD doesn't want to concern himself with needing to make concessions.
More than likely, Durant is also probably not interested in seeking a team mired in the early stages of a rebuild. He is 27 years old and in the midst of his prime. His clock is definitely ticking.
The first team that should immediately come to mind resides in Washington D.C. The Wizards have been surrounded by Durant rumors for several years now. With their team possessing several good pieces in John Wall and Bradley Beal but no dominant voice, Durant seems like a natural fit at small forward in his hometown.
If Kevin Durant decides there exist better landing spots than D.C., a number of other teams suddenly appear as viable possibilities, and one of them has to be the Pelicans. New Orleans possesses several good pieces on their roster, but can any other team offer a reluctant superstar like Anthony Davis? Despite his gaudy numbers, the Unibrow is more comfortable being one of the guys, not a volume shooter in clutch situations.
Kevin Durant would fit seamlessly in the Crescent City: the small forward role has been a black hole for years and the roster does not have a natural leader. Dell Demps would have to juggle the roster this coming off-season to be able to get in position to just offer a max contract for Durant's services, but it could be done. Durant has spoken highly of Davis in the past, and spending time with Monty Williams on the bench in Oklahoma City this season can't have diminished those prospects. (Monty Williams loves Davis and vice versa.)
Normally, rumors are not even worth talking about, but Joel Meyers is regarded as being one of the best in the business. Having listened to him closely since he first arrived in New Orleans, he has never made it a habit to stir the pot or throw out some vague opinions. If Joel believes Durant will leave Oklahoma City if a certain stipulation is not met, we should give him the benefit of the doubt.
(Now, go do your part and wish Durant's final destination is New Orleans with your shiniest quarter in front of any water fountain!)