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Warriors Now Odds-On Favorites to Re-Sign Kevin Durant, Knicks Given 1-1 Odds

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NBA Basketball

May 8, 2019 · 2:23 PM PDT

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Might Kevin Durant eschew free agency and opt to sign and stay with the Golden State Warriors? Photo by @NBCSWarriors (Twitter)
  • Sportsbooks now favors impending free agent Kevin Durant remaining with the Golden State Warriors
  • Durant would be a free agent July 1st
  • The New York Knicks are offered the next-best chance to sign him

The Golden State Warriors are deadlocked 2-2 in their NBA Western Conference semifinal with the Houston Rockets, and Kevin Durant is a big reason why. He has matched NBA scoring leader and reigning league MVP James Harden shot for shot throughout the series.

As much as people view the Warriors as Steph Curry’s team, there can be no doubt that Durant is vital to their success, and a significant reason why they’ve won consecutive NBA championships.

Can the Warriors win without Durant? Some sportsbooks are of the belief that the time to discover that might come later as opposed to sooner. Eligible for free agency on July 1st, the sportsbook now lists the Warriors as favorites to be Durant’s team of choice for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Kevin Durant 2019 Free Agency Odds

Team Odds to Sign Kevin Durant
Golden State Warriors -150
New York Knicks +100
Brooklyn Nets +400
Los Angeles Clippers +400
Los Angeles Lakers +400
Field +300

*Odds taken 05/08/19

In the summer of 2016, Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder and signed as a free agent with the Warriors.

Will Durant Stay Put?

Certainly, from the standpoint of NBA fans, this would prove to be the least sexiest option, Durant re-upping with the Warriors. But it may all come down to what he really wants.

Does he crave the attention that comes from being the focal point of a team? Is he happy operating as part of a collective on the deepest starting five in the NBA?

When you look at his options after this season, odds are that Durant’s best chance to decorate his fingers with more championship rings would come from staying put.

Then there’s the flip side to this debate – can the Warriors afford to let him walk? He’s a two-time NBA Finals MVP, after all.

Combined with Curry, they are the NBA’s best 1-2 punch. Golden State was a very good team before Durant arrived. With him in the fold, the Warriors are a dynasty.

Are the Knicks in Time?

It’s obvious that the Knicks intend to make a big splash this summer.

They cleared out significant cap space by moving Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Courtney Lee this season.

An LA State of Mind?

What sense would it make for Durant to leave the best team in the league to play second fiddle to LeBron with the Lakers?

Durant got an up-close look at the Clippers as Golden State dispatched them in the first round of the playoffs.

Which Dynamic Duo Do You Buy?

The idea of Durant and Kyrie Irving together to the Nets has been floated. So has Durant and Kemba Walker to the Knicks.

The one that makes the most sense to us is Durant and Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers.

NBA players love LA. Together, those two make the Clippers instant contenders.

Pick: Los Angeles Clippers (+400)

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