Kevin Durant's free agency will dominate the headlines in the NBA this offseason with a huge amount of intrigue on where his future lies.
He will be the biggest free agent in the league since LeBron James in 2010 and once the playoffs draw to a close, all eyes will be on the Oklahoma City Thunder star.
The seven-time All-Star has remained tight-lipped and refused to address any questions regarding his plans after this year. There aren't many people who know what the former MVP is planning, even the man himself may not know, but one person who believes he has knowledge of where Durant could be playing next year is his former teammate Kendrick Perkins.
The New Orleans Pelicans center spent three-and-a-half seasons with Durant in Oklahoma City and says he still keeps in touch with him on a regular basis.
Perkins was speaking before the Pelicans took on his former Boston Celtics team on Wednesday, a place where he regularly draws huge media attention after winning a championship with the franchise in 2008.
With connections to both the Celtics and the Thunder, the topic of Durant dominated the line of questioning he received on this occasion and the big man had some interesting things to say.
When told that the Celtics are likely to pursue Durant, Perkins replied, via ESPN: "Boston and everybody else, right?"
He later added: "As a friend, I try not to talk to him too much about free agency. I always try to just want to talk to him about things outside of basketball. We talk about personal life and stuff like that. And I know he’s getting this question every day on the hour and stuff like that, so I try not to bother him.
"But he did shoot some teams out there that he made me sign a confidentiality form that I couldn’t tell nobody. He’s got a few teams that he will be looking at.”
Then asked if Durant may consider Boston, he replied: "You’re trying to get me to really answer the question," Perkins said. "I can’t answer that. I want to, but I can’t. I mean, I don’t know. I do know, but I don’t know."
KD's decision could be influenced by the Thunder's performances in the upcoming playoffs and whether he can win his and the franchise's first ring.
With the historic form of the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference, OKC's chances of lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy appear slim and Perkins believes Durant's thinking should be influenced by this.
"[The Thunder] win it all, he can’t leave, in my opinion," Perkins said. "But if they don’t, it might be time for a change."
It will be interesting to see how the four-time scoring champion will react to the comments of his friend and ex-teammate after he reacted angrily to ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith claiming he would join the L.A. Lakers if he leaves Oklahoma City earlier in the campaign.
Entering the final months of his contract with OKC, the team he has been with since being drafted in 2007, the Texas Longhorn product will have to deal with stories of this nature on a more frequent basis as they will intensify as his deal winds down.