The Eastern Conference is without question the easier road to the Finals. If Durant really wants to win, he’s going to have a hard time doing it in the West. The Golden State Warriors aren’t going anywhere. The Spurs are always going to be good as long as Popovich and R.C. Buford are running the show, and there are several younger teams on the rise like the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz. The same can not be said about the Eastern Conference. Other than the Cleveland Cavaliers, there are no legitimate contenders in the East. Miami is getting older and can’t be considered serious contenders with Dwyane Wade’s aging body and Chris Bosh’s questionable health. The Bulls, after trading Derrick Rose, seem to be heading into a rebuild. The Raptors are a nice team but aren’t seen as a serious threat to take the East. That leaves the door wide open for the Boston Celtics. If Kevin Durant joins this already talented and young team, you can bet that other players will be chomping at the bit to join him. Players like Al Horford, whom the Celtics have been interested in for quite a while, would be more inclined to join the C’s if Durant is wearing the white and green. Danny Ainge would probably ramp up his aggression in the trade market too to get a player to go alongside Durant. Durant joining the Celtics would make players like Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown, and even Avery Bradley more expendable.
Durant has the opportunity to take a storied franchise back to the promise land. With the competition in the East lacking and Boston growing stronger, the window of opportunity is wide open for Durant and the Celtics should he decide to join Isaiah Thomas in the Boston Garden. All reports are still in favor of Durant going back to Oklahoma City on a short term deal, but in my humble opinion, it would be in his best interest to play for the Celtics. He’s a perfect fit for that young team as the go-to veteran superstar. Players elevate their game when they play alongside a guy like Durant and that could spell great things for this extremely young and talented group. Free agency is just a few days away so we’ll see what Durant does. Even as a die hard Knicks fan, I’d love to see Durant in Boston. It would truly be a good thing for the NBA.
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