4. Golden State Warriors
Practical Cap Space in 2019: -$12 million
To bring Kevin Durant back into the mix for any extended amount of time, the Warriors would have to dig pretty deep into the luxury tax. Although, money wouldn’t be the main issue with Durant and the Warriors if that were the place he would want to stay moving forward. That would mainly be about wanting more NBA Titles with his current squad.
The current team for a player like Durant usually has to be considered among the teams to resign him. Durant will have the option to take the second year of his contract that he signed during the 2017 offseason, or rework his deal with the Warriors altogether. In all likelihood, he would want a better deal than he would get by picking up the option.
The money factor seems to be of the utmost importance for Durant, so he’ll need to explore all options available outside of Golden State. Moving forward, the Warriors would have to do some work to keep Durant happy with the amount of his contract and keep everything else in line. That includes something possibly changing with either point guard Stephen Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson.
However, the safest option for Durant to continue contending for rings is with the Warriors right now. Unless he wants to join LeBron and the Lakers or James Harden and the Houston Rockets, he couldn’t really find himself in a better situation in the West. Golden State is a safe bet for Durant and still a good destination for him for a few more years.