Dallas Mavericks: Ranking the 10 best free agent targets for the Mavs
By Kohl Rast
3. Kevin Durant
Despite definitely being considered the best player in free agency, I don’t see Kevin Durant as the best guy for the Mavs. This is not based on his fit or his ability as most of us know those things would be great with Durant in Dallas. No, my big issue with KD is definitely the worrisome leadership issue.
Durant has gone from a guy that was well respected in the league to kind of a bad guy after what happened with Oklahoma City. Although I think that whole thing was super overblown, it is interesting to see the change in his own demeanor, going from the guy to just someone who goes out there and gets his job done.
Most of us are familiar with what Durant can do on the court. He is potentially one of the most elite and unstoppable scorers the NBA has ever seen and his defense is really quite good despite getting limited recognition for it.
If Durant played in Dallas, he would bring an elite scoring presence and a nice defensive sidekick to Kristaps. It would be really interesting to see him in Dallas to see if he would be ready to lead a bunch of youngsters to the playoffs. That would be my biggest worry if KD did end up going to the Mavs.
Durant is probably the least likely name on this list to land in Dallas. Even though he played college ball in Texas, it seems that New York, Los Angeles or Brooklyn would be the most likely destinations. Crazier things have definitely happened, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend holding your breath for that kind of miracle.