Analyzing Philadelphia’s Chances Of Landing Kevin Durant In 2016

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May 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard

Thabo Sefolosha

(25) celebrate as Los Angeles Clippers forward

Blake Griffin

(32) walks off the court in game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Thunder 101-99 to tie the series 2-2.Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The pitch and the verdict

Philly’s pitch to Durant would likely go something like this: “We’re an up-and-coming team with a lot of young talent. You’re going to be the star and you’re going to be the reason why people buy tickets. You’ll be the catalyst for change, and players will follow you here.”

Wouldn’t it truly be beautiful if all the trades and all the decisions to not overspend were just part of Hinkie’s master plan to nab a player like Durant?

A turnoff could be the playoff virginity of this Sixers squad. Despite that, with the Sixers making improvements as time goes on, it’s likely they’ll be in a position to win in 2016 when Durant becomes a free agent.

Is it set in stone? No, absolutely not, but I’ll say this: Crazier things have happened.

If you were to tell me in 2009 that LBJ would go to Miami, make the Finals four straight times and then go back to Cleveland, I would’ve labeled you crazy.

Philly fans will just have to keep their fingers crossed moving forward.

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