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NBA Free Agency Analysis: Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade & Harrison Barnes

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It is the summer and that means NBA free agency is in full swing. We broke down some of the rumblings for many big-time free agents.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is easily the most coveted free agent of the summer. The 6-9 small forward has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder (previously Seattle Supersonics) his entire career, but this summer that may change.

Durant has received interest from just about every team. Most notably, Durant has set up meetings with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. The Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly trying to enter the mix as well.

Oklahoma City is considered the favorite to sign Durant and he praised the Thunder for its acquisition of former Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo. His situation is rather unknown, but many teams are actively pursuing him. If I had to guess, I would say he signs with the Thunder, but the situation is very much up in the air with so many teams interested.

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade has been with the Miami Heat his entire career, but he is reportedly open to shopping the free agent market, according to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst. Wade and the Heat have failed to find common ground during contract negotiations prompting Wade to announce he is open to other offers.

Many believe this is simply a bargaining tactic by Wade's agent and it seems relatively unlikely that the 13 year veteran would leave the Heat. Wade averaged 19 points in 30.5 minutes per game last season.

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds with the Golden State Warriors last season, but he could be on the move. Multiple sources have reported the Philadelphia 76ers are very interested in the 6-8 small forward.

The Warriors would love to resign Barnes, but they have heavy interest in Kevin Durant and the team would not be able to sign both. It is likely the former UNC forward will be at the mercy of Durant.

Barnes could fit in nicely with the 76ers as a solid defender and all-around contributor, but Golden State has the right to match any offer that Barnes receives, so they will have the final say. If the Sixers give Barnes a max contract, or something near it, the Warriors may have a hard time matching it.

The 24 year old has played his entire career with the Golden State Warriors and will be playing with the USA Men's Basketball team at the Rio Olympics this summer.


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