Ex-teammate: Don’t be surprised if Kevin Durant signs with Clippers
Kevin Durant got pestered by the LA Clippers during the first round of this year’s playoffs, but one of his old teammates is hinting that there could be much more to come for the two sides.
FOX Sports 1’s Kristine Leahy tweeted a clip on Wednesday of an upcoming interview of hers with former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins, who played with Durant on the Oklahoma City Thunder for five seasons. In the clip, Perkins spoke on the possibility of the superstar forward signing with the Clippers in free agency this summer.
We shot this yesterday… Here’s @KendrickPerkins telling us don’t be surprised if @KDTrey5 (his close friend) winds up with the Clippers. Full two part episodes air June 4th and 5th. pic.twitter.com/R4ZDkCmCaN
— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) May 22, 2019
“Don’t be surprised if KD signs with the Clippers,” he said. “Everybody keeps screaming New York, but don’t be surprised if KD signs and goes to play for [Clippers head coach] Doc [Rivers].
“I don’t even have to help recruit,” continued Perkins, who also played seven seasons for Rivers on the Boston Celtics. “He likes the organization. He likes Doc Rivers. He loves Doc Rivers.”
While Durant’s future will likely depend on if he wins a third straight title with the Golden State Warriors this year, the back-to-back Finals MVP has thus far been Eurostepping any talk about his summer plans. That said, the Clippers, who just won 48 games without a superstar on the roster, boast organizational stability, strong leadership and culture, and a quality young core poised to compete for many years to come. Couple that with their ability to offer max money in a marquee market, and it makes for quite a strong sell to Durant.