Kevin Durant has told the clubs he is meeting with in the Hamptons that his decision on a next destination will be made within the next 24-36 hours, sources told ESPN.
Durant met the Warriors and the Clippers on Friday about a possible switch from Oklahoma – and one of Durant’s team told ESPN Durant was “blown away” by the Clippers’ pitch. He met the Celtics and the Spurs on Saturday.
Before this weekend, a firm decision on where the four-time scoring champion will play next season is expected “sooner rather than later” after he meets with all five teams that secured invitations to the Hamptons for weekend sit-downs.
Durant and the Clippers met for approximately four hours Friday night in the Hamptons. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, president Doc Rivers, executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were present at the meeting.
According to a source, Durant was incredibly impressed by the vision and direction of the Clippers and made a strong connection with those at the meeting.
Earlier on Friday, Durant met a delegation from the Warriors. A person close to the situation said Warriors owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr and All-Stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were among those present.
Durant averaged 30 points per game against Golden State in this year’s Western Conference finals and torched them for a career-high 54 points in 2014.
Durant is planning to meet the Heat on Sunday, and Oklahoma City has requested another meeting with the player. Many expect Durant to stick with the Thunder for at least another season.
“His decision is 90% made,” a longtime friend told The Undefeated.
Said another colleague: “It’s going to take some sweet-talking to get him to pass up all the money he can get by staying in OKC.”
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