Kobe Bryant offers some free agency advice to Kevin Durant

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With the NBA Finals dominating the column inches, for now, attention will immediately turn to free agency once it concludes in the coming weeks. 

The biggest storyline will involve one of the most coveted free agents in the league's history in Kevin Durant. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder star will be the best player on the market since LeBron James in 2010 and will command interest from multiple teams. 

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The likes of the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, L.A. Lakers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics are just a handful of teams expected to make a run at the 2014 MVP.

KD has been with the franchise throughout his nine-year career and stands to make the most money if he stays put as the league salary cap rises from $70 million to around $92 million.

One of likeliest scenarios will see the 27-year-old strongly consider a one-year contract with a player option in year two as he could stand to earn an extra $85 million by delaying a long-term contract until next summer, similar to what LeBron James has opted for in Cleveland.

From a player who spent his entire 20-year NBA career with one organisation, L.A. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant - who retired this year - knows a thing or two about what will be going through Durant's mind as July 1 looms and has offered him some advice.

"Yeah, I mean, you know, you've just got to look at it holistically," Bryant said. "What does he want out of his career, what opportunities present themselves, even I -- when I was a free agent -- I did my due diligence, I looked at every opportunity and I left no stone unturned, so you have to vet those things.

"I was just very fortunate things worked out for me in Los Angeles, but he certainly needs to look at every opportunity and make the right decision for himself -- keeping in mind his fan base in Oklahoma, as well."

Following the Thunder's seven-game loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, Durant spoke to ESPN's Marc J. Spears and appeared to finally open up about how he plans to approach his first-ever free agency. 

"We will figure it out," Durant told Spears. "I will talk to my agent, my best friend and my dad, just talk to those three guys and get some advice from other people. But for the most part, I will talk to them in the next couple of weeks."

The seven-time All-Star will be well within his rights to hold meetings with several teams and be recruited as the majority of the league will seek an opportunity to pitch to him, but he claims that isn't something he's interested in. 

"That's not who I am," he said. "Whatever this thing entails, I'm ready to take it head on, but I'm not that type of person. ... Like I said, the two most important things for me is being around great people and having fun playing basketball."

A huge summer lies ahead for the OKC superstar and once the NBA Finals draws to a close, the eyes of the basketball world will be focused solely on the small forward and where his future lies.

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