Coaching change or not, there are rival executives out there who believe that the Grizzlies will ultimately be forced to look hard at trading Mayor of Memphis, Zach Randolph, if they want to commission a serious shake-up that leads to a roster infusion of youth and athleticism. As shocking to the system as that would be for many Memphians, Randolph is the player on the roster most likely to fetch a difference-maker in return. So we have to keep a lookout for that as well, should the Grizz decide they need to make a more drastic move than their interest in Mario Chalmers we reported earlier this week.
May 31, 2016 | 8:04 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: Most insiders see the most likely scenario at present to be Kevin Durant staying in OKC on a two-year max deal with an opt-out after Year 1.
Durant was naturally asked postgame about his future and deflected the question. “I mean, we just lost like 30 minutes ago, so I haven’t even thought about it,” Durant said. “I’m just embracing my teammates and just reflecting on the season. I’ll think about that stuff, I don’t know when. But we just lost an hour ago, 30 minutes ago, so I don’t know.”
For what it’s worth, every clue in the room seemed to indicate a Durant return to the only NBA franchise he’s ever known. But bread crumbs, rest assured, won’t be enough to keep the Thunder brass from sleepless nights in this next month.
It’s no secret that Durant will be a free agent this summer and the Warriors are among the team’s expected to be interested. That made what Andre Iguodala, who had the primary task of guarding Durant, said all the more noteworthy. “He made some really tough shots, which is what I expected,” Iguodala said of Durant. “He’s a fighter and competitor and fought to the end. It must be fun playing with a guy like that.” Iguodala quickly added a follow-up: “Unless I’m not playing with him.”
In that scenario, Durant could make a projected $228 million over the next six seasons if he stays in Oklahoma City. He could make up to $176 million over five years if he leaves the Thunder, either this summer or in 2017.