If you didn't know that Kevin Durant will be entering free agency this summer, you've either been living under a rock or you haven't been paying attention.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star is one of the most coveted free agents in history and with the salary cap growing considerably this summer, franchises have more money, and therefore more reason, to chase a marquee name than ever before.
He's the biggest name on the open market since LeBron James departed Cleveland for Miami back in 2010. KD won't be short on suitors when it comes time to make a decision, but where is he likely to go?
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Plenty of superstars have indicated they would like to share the court with the 2014 MVP; just last week James Harden stated that he would love to link up with his former Thunder teammate and Andre Bogut of the Golden State Warriors admitted speculation that Durant could join the ranks has infiltrated their locker room.
One team who could be in a strong position to lure Durant to the east is the Boston Celtics, the most successful franchise in NBA history.
With a truckload of draft picks this year - three of which are in the first round, and one in the top three - and after just finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference behind a young core of Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Isaiah Thomas, Boston are a team on the rise without question.
Their star man at the point guard position, Thomas, has gone public in his pursuit to lure KD to the TD Garden and has made no secret about his desire to see him suit up in the famous Green and White.
“I just wanted the world to know, that’s who I’m trying to get,” Thomas told the Globe.
“I definitely want to give him some time,” Thomas said. “I know that was a tough series and a long season for him. I wouldn’t want anyone calling me up about the biggest decision of my life right after the season’s over. So I’ll probably give him some time and casually talk to him, and then go all-in.”
For what it's worth, the 27-year-old Durant did confess some admiration for the city after a road game with the Celtics back in March of this year, even if he did complain about the weather.
“I like the city a lot,” Durant said, via MassLive.com’s Jay King. “It’s cold, but they love sports here. It’s a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around the city. So yeah, I like it a lot.”
Should Durant decide to head east, there is little denying the Celtics would be a serious and deep force with the 6'9" small forward as the focal point.
Where will KD land? The saga continues.