The Golden State's Kevin Durant is planning to engage four teams in discussions on the opening of the NBA's free agency on Sunday – Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, New York Knicks and Warriors, league sources told ESPN.
It is expected to be a combination of face-to-face meetings and communication in other ways with Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman, front-office sources told ESPN.
Next week, Durant's decision-making process could go well, told sources ESPN.
Durant invited teams to more formal presentations as a free agent in 2016, but he and Kleiman's level of knowledge about the teams, owners, leaders and roster tasks suggest a less formal face to face process, this may be necessary time. Durant and Kleiman have been in New York since the All-NBA star's surgery to repair a torn Achilles and plan to communicate with the teams from there, sources say.
Durant declined his $ 31,500 player opportunity to become an unlimited free agent. Warriors plans to offer him a 5-year, $ 221 million maximum contract; Clippers, Knicks and Nets can offer him a four-year, $ 164 million deal.
Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP with Warriors, suffered a demolished Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Final and is expected to need for the 2019-20 season to fully rehabilitate the injury. Each team pursuing him is still expected to offer him a full maximum contract.