By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
The Golden State Warriors used part of their “death lineup” to try and persuade Kevin Durant to join them in pursuit of another NBA Championship.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting Warriors stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala were in the meeting along with head coach Steve Kerr and owner Joe Lacob.
USA Today’s Sam Amick says sources have told him the meeting, which lasted almost three hours, went “very well.”
Durant will meet with the LA Clippers this evening. That entourage is expected to include owner Steve Ballmer, head coach Doc Rivers and players Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Chris Paul has a schedule conflict but is also hoping to attend.
The Clippers are believed to be trying to sell Durant on the idea of a “Big 4” with KD joining Paul, Jordan and Griffin. For that scenario to work out Durant would have to agree to take less than a max contract, the Clippers would also have to overhaul the rest of their roster.
That’s likely to be a tough sell.
Saturday Durant will meet with the Spurs and Celtics and then finish up on Sunday with the Heat and another meeting with the Thunder.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says to expect Durant’s decision “by Monday” unless he is really wowed by one of these meetings and needs to take more time.
Thunder restricted free agent Dion Waiters and the Sacramento Kings appear to be headed toward a big money deal according to several media reports. The Thunder can match any offer sheet Waiters signs but reports indicate the Kings could be planning to offer as much as $16 million per season. That is probably more than the Thunder are willing to go to keep Waiters, especially now that Victor Oladipo is on board.
The Thunder have also reached out to Al Horford and Lance Thomas but so far no meetings have been scheduled.