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Last week reports surfaced that had the Golden State Warriors making a run at Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in July. Today, the Memphis Grizzlies have publicly entered the KD sweepstakes.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Grizz will make a run at the 4-time scoring champion and sell him on the idea of forming a “Big 3” with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.
Missing the playoffs costs the Grizzlies the lottery protection on a 2016 first-round pick that deposed executive Jason Levien sent out in a salary dump three years ago. With or without Gasol, Memphis’ mandate will be unchanged: make the playoffs.
They are working to keep Conley in summer free agency, with Memphis planning to be one more contender with two stars that will try to persuade Kevin Durant to make it a Big Three, league sources said. Durant’s the longest of long shots in summer, but the short-term trade deadline directives are unchanged: The Grizzlies are determined to use the trade deadline to better the roster for a playoff push.