Durant already reportedly set meetings with the Warriors, Spurs and his current team, the Thunder. The new group includes the Celtics, Heat and Clippers.
The Knicks, who have made clear their desire to join the hunt, are said to be under Durant’s consideration. The Wizards, Durant’s hometown team, reportedly are not one of the early favorites, with a team source acknowledging to ESPN, “It’s not like LeBron and Cleveland.”
The 27-year-old forward, a nine-year pro, averaged 28.2 points last season as he led Oklahoma City to the Western Conference finals, where the Thunder squandered a 3-1 series lead and fell in seven games to the Warriors.
The former league MVP is scheduled to go on a publicity tour of the Far East on July 9, and he reportedly wants to make his decision before then. The Thunder, who can offer him the most money, are considered the favorites, although he could attempt to maximize his financial prospects by signing a one-year deal and becoming a free agent again next year.
“It solidifies what I’ve been saying for many, many, many years and will continue to say it: Cincinnati is the baseball capital of the world,” Rose said from a stage by second base.
The number retirement — which had to be approved by Major League Baseball, as Rose has been banned for life since 1989 for gambling while the team’s manager — was part of a weekend of festivities honoring the Reds’ 1976 World Series champions.
Notable in his absence was second baseman Joe Morgan, who has been dealing with health issues. Rose said Morgan is awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
“He’s doing OK,” Rose told reporters. “He’s doing good. He sounded real strong. I hate to talk to him now because when he starts talking for a couple minutes, he starts crying [and saying], ‘I want to be there.’ ”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 27, 2003, which Red Sox player tied a major league record by recording three hits (single, double, triple) in one inning — the 14-run first inning of a 25-8 rout of the Marlins at Fenway?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In the first inning, it wasn’t really a whole lot of balls that were hit hard, they were just hit where we weren’t. That was basically the difference.” — Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, after allowing three first-inning runs in his team’s 6-2 loss to the Rangers on Sunday
Rob and Ian get into the Celts and Danny Ainge's approach to the draft on Thursday night. They discuss Jaylen Brown and why they're unhappy with the lack of fireworks. They get into Wyc getting booed and the fan reaction. What about Kevin Durant? The guys discuss why Durant would ever consider Boston.
Bradfo and Ian are live in Arlington, Texas, the site of a rough outing yesterday for knuckleballer Steven Wright and the Red Sox. The guys talk about why Wright had a bad day, the rest of Boston's poor pitching and if they can make a deal to change that.
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