The summer of Kevin Durant is beginning to pick up pace as the hottest free agent in recent memory gets set to hit the open market this summer.
The Oklahoma City Thunder forward will not be short of options in July and there is sure to be a whole host of franchises hoping to get the chance to persuade the 27-year-old.
Durant is a seven-time All-Star and 2014 MVP; he is one of the most potent offensive players in the league. If an organisation can fork out a max-contract this summer - which nearly all of them can - then they are interested.
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The question then becomes: who is KD interested in?
It's been widely speculated that the Thunder No.35 will likely sign a new two-year max deal for OKC and have a player option on the second year that coincides with the climax of Russell Westbrook's deal.
However, as part of the process, Durant is likely to go and hear out other franchises this summer and only serious contenders are expected to be considered.
That means the Houston Rockets aren't likely to be on his list. Despite hanging out with James Harden in Houston this week and having spent three years with The Beard in OKC, with Dwight Howard departing the franchise are far from title contenders.
A report form Marc Stein of ESPN suggests Houston won't be deterred by that notion. They still plan on having a face-to-face with Durant this offseason, even though Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards all have a better case than Houston.
In fact, the New York Knicks and the L.A. Lakers aren't thought to be in with a serious chance. Despite having massive markets, Durant is said to want to join a ready-made winner. Which, of course, isn't Houston.