NBA Free Agency: The Impact of the Kevin Durant Injury

Kevin Durant returned from a calf injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals for the Golden State Warriors. He played well in 11 minutes. Durant scored 11 points and made all three of his three-pointers. He also grabbed two rebounds.

Kevin Durant was enough of a spark plug in Game 5 and Golden State took down the Toronto Raptors in Game 106-105. However, the win for the Warriors came at a hefty price. In the second quarter of this game, Durant re-injured himself.

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After the game was over, General Manager Bob Myers talked to the media and said that the injury is an Achilles one and he will have an MRI on Tuesday. They fear it is most likely a tear. That means that Kevin Durant will most likely miss the entire next season recovering from the injury. What would this mean for free agency?

Durant could opt out of his contract. Although, now because of his injury, he could very well opt into his contract for 2019-2020. Thus Kevin Durant could get his money while being sidelined instead of no one potentially signing him this summer.

The odds are that teams are now going to have to wait until summer 2020 to potentially sign him. Now that is most likely the case, teams are going to be more aggressive more than ever to trade for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, and Jimmy Butler will be some of the biggest free agents out on the market. However, I don’t think Kevin Durant will be out on the market this summer now.

The teams that this Kevin Durant injury affects is the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Boston Celtics.

Another hot commodity on the trade market this offseason will be Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal.

The injury to Kevin Durant will have a major impact on the NBA this offseason and potentially years to come.

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