Kevin Durant's looming free agency has been one of the most talked-about storylines in the young 2018-19 NBA season so far, and things will not change until he puts the paper to the pen this July.
There appear to be three major front-runners for Durant's service - the Warriors, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. Ever since Durant's heated confrontation with Draymond Green two weeks ago, some have speculated that it's the final straw for the reigning NBA Finals MVP, and that he'll find a new home in the offseason.
But that's not what some experts think will happen. ESPN asked its NBA insiders to vote on the team Durant is most likely to play for next year. Unsurprisingly, the Warriors came in at first with 35 percent of the votes.
The Knicks came in second with 26.4 percent, followed by the Lakers (19.1 percent), and Los Angeles Clippers (8.5 percent). Other teams such as the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets also got some votes.
Durant has been pretty hum on what his free agent plans are, only revealing that he wants to get paid a lot of money this offseason, rather than take more discounts to help the Dubs keep their core players together.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN recently noted that the Lakers and Knicks are the two frontrunners for Durant's services right now. He reported in the offseason that LeBron James contacted KD about potentially teaming up together in Laker Land.
Chances are, Durant is simply weighing all of his options and has no idea what he'll do just yet. Until he signs a contract in July, it's anybody's guess where the future Hall of Famer winds up.
What This Means
Durant's looming free agency decision promises to change the landscape of the NBA. If he sticks with the Warriors, then the league may as well hand them the 2020 and 2021 NBA Championships.
But if Durant does leave the Bay Area, Golden State's dynasty may slowly begin to unravel, and it'll clear the path for more NBA parity - something we haven't seen at all during the 2010s.