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What Team Will Kevin Durant Play for in the 2019-20 NBA season?

Odds Kevin Durant Leaving Golden State Warriors November 16

Drama and infighting among teammates are common occurrences for sports dynasties and the Golden State Warriors are no different. The dust may have settled on the feud between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green but with Durant’s ability to opt out of his contract with the Warriors after the playoffs, there is a good chance this will be his last season playing basketball in the Bay.

Oddsmakers have the New York Knicks tabbed as -175 favorites to sign Durant for the 2019-20 NBA season with the Warriors next on the list at +210 to keep him, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at +500, Brooklyn Nets at +700, Los Angeles Lakers at +750 and the Dallas Mavericks at +2500 to round out the list. 

Why Would Kevin Durant Leave The Warriors?

It’s a fair question because, historically, no player leaves a legit championship contender and if the Warriors win the NBA title again this season as expected, there would need to be something happening behind the scenes that most analysts and fans are not privy to.

The reason on the surface for why Durant would leave is because of his icy relationship with forward/center Draymond Green as they have had verbal spats on the court about decision-making and shot selection dating back to the 2016-17 season. But players argue all the time so that doesn’t seem like a legitimate reason and the Warriors have four future Hall of Famers on their current roster who could win titles for years to come.

The suspected reason for why he may depart is to seek another challenge because if the Warriors win the championship again, they would be the first team to win three in a row since the 2000-02 Lakers and only the fourth team in NBA history to accomplish that feat. Elite players of Durant’s ilk are playing for legacy more than money and the public tarnish on the Warriors’ title runs since he arrived in Golden State may motivate him to carve his own path in a new market of his choosing.

Where Will Kevin Durant Go?

Durant’s future with the Warriors has always been a topic of discussion since arriving at Golden State but rumors are heating up about him potentially going to play with the New York Knicks. The Knicks will have cap space to sign two max free agents in the offseason and have a nice young core that could be complementary to Durant’s skill set.

They also have the third overall pick in the upcoming draft that could be trade bait for Anthony Davis. Rumors of Kyrie Irving joining the Knicks have also surfaced and in the era of player empowerment type of NBA we live in, super-teams coming together isn’t as far-fetched.

Of course, he could always return to Golden State as GM Bob Myers has made it known that he plans to re-sign both KD and Klay Thompson in the offseason. There might be too much bad blood for Durant to stick around but if he wants to win titles, he shouldn’t pack his bags just yet.

As for the Lakers and Clippers, I lean more to the Clippers than the purple and gold after Magic Johnson dropped a bomb on the Lakers organization. His recent interview detailed the dysfunction in the organization and I doubt any free agent is seriously considering going there, even if it means they get to play with LeBron James. The Clippers are seemingly linked to every free agent so it’s hard to take them seriously as a contender to nab Durant because they don’t have the history of signing marquee players.

What do you think? Is Durant going to be back with the Warriors, or will he take his talents elsewhere? Have your say in the comments.

To read more on the betting odds for which team will win the 2018-19 NBA championship, click here.

What team will Kevin Durant play for in the 2019-20 NBA season?

Odds as of May 24 at Bovada

  • New York Knicks -175
  • Golden State Warriors +210
  • Los Angeles Clippers +500
  • Brooklyn Nets +700
  • Los Angeles Lakers +750
  • Dallas Mavericks +2500