With the NBA draft complete, free agency is just around the corner which means that phrases like "sources say" and rumors about possible acquisitions will be flying around. And the first one to hit the radar is the one that will be dominating the conversation until there's ink on a contract: Kevin Durant.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein and his sources, Coach Pop and Tim Duncan are "planning to ... fly to an undisclosed location ... to try to lure Durant away from the only franchise he has ever played for." Of course, it's not just the Spurs who are interested in going after KD, but if San Antonio is involved then there's at least a decent chance of success.
But before we start thinking about what a team of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Durant would look like, we need to recognize that there are some major salary cap hurdles that would need to be jumped before a deal could be reached. I talked with Jesus Gomez about this, and after some back-of-the-envelope figuring, he said that at the very least the Spurs would have to salary dump either Danny Green, or Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. And that's even if Duncan opts out and they renounce him.
So, will the Spurs make a massive free agent signing two summers in a row? We'll see in the next few weeks, as free agency begins on July 1st. Should be a bumpy but interesting ride.