Kevin Durant
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

In a loaded 2019 Free Agency class, Kevin Durant is one of the biggest names this offseason. Could Kevin Durant be a fit for the Los Angeles Clippers? While there is high speculation that Durant will leave the Golden State Warriors, it was being reported that the New York Knicks were the favorite to land him. However, the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly emerge as “dangerous threats” to land the superstar.

Kevin Durant; Los Angeles Clippers a Match?

Marc Stein Report

According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the possibility of the Clippers landing Durant is not far-fetched.

“Within the last month, very smart and plugged-in people I have consulted say the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Durant away from Golden State,” Stein wrote. “And I believe it.”

Stein’s report completely contradicts the claim that Durant was for sure going to the Knicks, as Stephen A. Smith reported that it was a 95 percent chance that Durant would land in the Big Apple.

How Landing Durant Will Impact The Los Angeles Clippers

After getting rid of their core players like Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, and Chris Paul, it was almost certain that the Clippers would take a while to rebuild their team in a tough Western Conference. However, this season was a triumphant one for the team, as they rose to the playoffs, putting great pressure on the Warriors in a six-game series.

The Clippers have seamlessly developed themselves into a team with role players like Patrick Beverly, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams. If Kevin Durant and the Los Angeles Clippers are a match, it will greatly add to the versatility of the team. Durant can play either the three or four positions that will help spread the floor. He will also give the Clippers a star with great length that can defend and shoot.

Besides Durant, the Clippers have also made great efforts to potentially land Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers could land both Durant and Leonard, then their starting lineup will be a perfect blend of superstars and role players. With a successful executive in Jerry West and with cap space that could potentially be $70 million this offseason, the Clippers can make major moves.

How Durant Will Impact 2019 Free Agency

Despite the speculation that Durant will either leave Golden State or sign with another team, Durant is “100 percent undecided”, according to his manager Rich Kleinman.

This offseason may be the toughest period for Durant in his whole career. Wherever Durant decides to go will impact how other free agents make their decisions. It will also impact how teams will make personnel decisions.

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Loreal Nix is a student at Central Michigan University majoring in Journalism with a minor in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. You can usually find Loreal drawing, writing non-stop, or watching endless NBA games. Loreal strives to share her love of basketball as a sports journalist/analyst. She solely believes that any woman can pursue a journalism career in a male-dominated field being 100% themselves, not conforming to social standards. She recently started her own personal blog titled "Live In The Mix", which is featured on her social media.

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