Friday, July 1, 2016

Kevin Durant is going to the Pacers

OK, so not really. Just wanted to see if you were paying attention this morning.

At this time, actually, no one knows where Durant is going, because he's apparently met with everyone in the NBA except the Pacers. Well, and maybe the Kings or the 76ers or the Cavaliers, who'd have to blow up their NBA champions to land him, anyway.

That's the thing about NBA free agency: Everyone wants a Kevin Durant, but who wants him bad enough to sell every stick of furniture in the house to get him? Which is why, when all this is done, he'll probably wind up right back in Oklahoma City again. Because where else is he going to go where the setup is as sweet?

Answer: Except for Golden State or possibly San Antonio, hardly anywhere. And Durant's entering that phase of his career that LeBron was in when he jumped to Miami to play with his buds Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade: When the ring, not the bling, becomes the primary motivation.

Bottom line, outside of GS or SA, Durant's got a better chance of hooking the ring in OKC than anywhere else. So he'll likely stick around.

Speaking of D-Wade, by the way, he's apparently contracted a serious case of roaming eye, too. Of course, at 34, his options are somewhat more limited. But the very idea he's looking summons the delicious vision of him linking up with his best bud LeBron for a second go-around -- only this time in Cleveland.

Here's the thing, see: Now that LeBron has brought an NBA title to C-Town, everyone's going to come to him, not the other way around. Of course, the Cavaliers would have to give up too much to sign D-Wade, speaking realistically. But who can resist a scenario in which D-Wade calls a news conference to announce "I'm taking my talents to the Cuyahoga"?

How awesome would that be?

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