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With the start of NBA free agency just days away, teams are preparing to pony up and open their wallets to land some of the league’s top talent.

One of the crown jewels of the 2019 free agent class is two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowkski is reporting Durant has indeed declined his $31.5 million player option with Golden State for next season, thus ushering in this summer’s biggest sweepstakes.

Durant’s Achilles injury reportedly hasn’t waned the interest of several teams, so it looks like he’ll have plenty of options when it comes time to make a decision.

Sporting News will keep you up to date on the latest deals, rumors and speculation below.

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Kevin Durant free agency: Tracking the latest news, rumors, predictions

Durant declines player option

Team: Golden State Warriors

Rumor: The Durant sweepstakes have officially begun. It’s being reported that the 10-time All-Star has declined his $31.5 million player option for next season and is now officially an unrestricted free agent.

Reported by: Adrian Wojnarowski

Durant met with Irving about signing with same team

Team: ???

Rumor: Durant reportedly spoke to Irving multiple times about teaming up, once in the Bay Area and again in New York after Durant had surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles tendon. They could have spoken about joining the Knicks, but considering Irving’s ties to the Nets, the most likely potential destination is Brooklyn.

Reported by: Ric Bucher

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Warriors considering delayed sign-and-trade option?

Team: Golden State Warriors

Rumor: While the Warriors have always been considered a player in retaining Durant’s services, a new option is being considered in the wake of his injury. It’s been reported that Golden State could offer Durant a five-year max contract, allowing him to rehab all of next season in the Bay Area, and then work with him to trade him to another team.

Reported by: Brian Windhorst

David Fizdale reveals his pitch to upcoming free agents

Team: New York Knicks

Rumor: The Knicks have long been considered the frontrunners to land Durant since the start of the 2018-19 season. New York has cap space to sign two max players, and up until a few weeks ago, the thought was Durant and Kyrie Irving would take their talents to the Big Apple.

However, with reports that Irving’s interested in signing with Brooklyn, it seems that possibility is less likely.

Nets considered frontrunner to land Durant

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Rumor: As mentioned earlier, the Nets are reportedly the favorites to sign Irving, and it’s been rumored Durant might join him. Brooklyn recently traded Allen Crabbe’s expiring contract to Atlanta in order to clear cap space to sign two max players.

Reported by: Brian Windhorst

Clippers chasing Kawhi Leonard-Kevin Durant dream scenario

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Rumor: The Clippers have been discussed as big players for one free agent this summer, and it isn’t Durant. Kawhi Leonard is the top target for LA, and it’s been long thought that Leonard would wind up a Clipper come summer’s end.

But if recent reports are any indication, it seems Leonard may be considering staying north of the border in Toronto. The Clippers then might shift their sights onto Durant so as to not walk away empty handed.

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