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Kevin Durant delivered a gutsy 11-point performance in the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but sadly went down holding his Achilles midway through the second quarter of that game. NBA fans were robbed of what could've been a classic duel between Durant and Kawhi Leonard, but that doesn't mean we can't theorize where KD will end up next season.
Unfortunately, the NBA could be without Durant for quite some time now, as he officially revealed on his Instagram that he has ruptured his Achilles and had surgery today. That's a devastating injury that will not only keep Durant out of the 2019 NBA Finals, but will likely cause him to miss all of the 2019-20 season as well.
Despite the injury, Durant will certainly still be one of the most coveted players in free agency this offseason, and whether or not he remains in Golden State is anyone's guess. With that in mind, here are the three likeliest free agent destinations for Durant following his Achilles injury.
3. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets traded Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick and a 2020 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Taurean Prince. The trade cleared $18 million in cap space, which Brooklyn can use in free agency this summer. Clearly, the Nets are up to something. While they've been most commonly linked to Kyrie Irving, it wouldn't exactly be a shock to see Brooklyn make a run at Durant as well.
2. New York Knicks
The rumors connecting Durant to the New York Knicks have been circulating for quite some time. While this injury will likely throw a bit of a wrench into things, the Knicks are almost certainly still willing to offer Durant a max contract and they have the cap space to do so. Expect the Knicks to pursue Durant this summer, despite the ruptured Achilles, and build a team for the 2021 season with Durant at the helm.
1. Golden State Warriors
Before the injury, most NBA analysts seemed to think this was Durant's final season with the Golden State Warriors. However, an injury as severe as this could have a serious impact on Durant's decision. It's tough to imagine Durant's three-year run with the Warriors ending on this sour of a note, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him ultimately remaining with the team during his rehab from the Achilles injury.
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