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The most anticipated free agency period since LeBron James in 2010 is creeping up. The 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant will have all eyes on him on July 1, 2016 and we’ve already learned about majority of the candidates that have a shot at landing KD. The Knicks, Lakers, Wizards and even Raptors have been mentioned in the past two years.
As reported in the past, the Miami Heat will also pursue Durant in free agency even if it means losing Hassan Whiteside and forcing Dwyane Wade to take a pay-cut. For a number of reasons, the Heat probably have the least chance of landing the four-time scoring champion, but Pat Riley won’t count himself out at all. Via Miami Herald:
With the salary cap set to spike by more than $20 million to an estimated $89 million next season, the Heat has left itself flexibility to accommodate the salary of any of the top-tier free agents — from Kevin Durant to DeMar DeRozan to Al Jefferson.
But signing a top-tier player would likely mean the departure of Hassan Whiteside as well as Dwyane Wade needing to make a financial sacrifice.
One thing is clear: The Heat intends to make a long-shot bid to lure Durant, who sold his Miami condo earlier this year.