Odds Are Stacked in Favor of Kevin Durant Staying in Brooklyn

Odds Are Stacked in Favor of Kevin Durant Staying in Brooklyn

Kevin Durant’s decision on where to sign next summer has been one of the biggest stories of this offseason. Now, it appears that all signs are pointing towards him staying in Brooklyn for another year, according to several sportsbooks’ NBA futures odds.

As expected, this caused massive odds shifts in favor of the Nets from both Bovada and BetOnline Sportsbook, the two leading online sportsbooks that offer this line. With these new odds out, you’re going to want to make sure your bookie knows about this, or else you may find yourself losing money!

Kristaps Porzingis is on board

If that’s something that he wants to do, I’m all for it, said Kristaps Porzingis. I think it’s great that he stays here and builds the team with me.

He’s a great player, added Porzingis. It would be amazing if he could stay here and we could play together.

No need to be a superstar in New York

The New York Knicks, with a current roster that includes Kristaps Porzingis, have been one of the most talked about teams in the NBA. Rumors started up again this summer when it was reported that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were interested in joining them.

The Knicks are now getting long odds to land the 2019-2020 NBA Championship at 8/1 and their odds of winning the Eastern Conference have dropped from 16/1 to 12/1. The Nets’ odds of winning the championship improved from 25/1 to 12/1 and their odds of winning the Eastern Conference went from 100/1 to 66/1.

It’s not a new thing for Knicks fans to be optimistic about free agency, but this might be more than just wishful thinking.

5 Biggest Stories on ‘Superstar’ Kevin Durant’s Future

Kevin Durant has the decision to make on where he’ll play basketball next year. With the 2019 NBA Finals set to start soon, the star player has yet to announce his plans for next season. One rumored option is that he will stay with the Brooklyn Nets. If this pans out, it would have massive consequences for betting sites like Bovada and other sportsbooks around the world.

The latest odds show that there’s now a 60% chance that Kevin Durant stays with the Nets, as opposed to staying with Golden State Warriors or signing with another team like Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks. This comes after reports surfaced last week suggesting that KD was leaning towards staying in Brooklyn if Kyrie Irving also commits to remain on board for the 2019-2020 season.

NBA expert, Jeff Sherman from Bovada has said that he was confident in his original prediction that KD would remain with Golden State Warriors. However, since Brooklyn Nets have made strong signings during free agency and now look like an exciting team on paper, he’s had to eat his words. He has revised his earlier predictions to place a 55% chance on Durant joining Kyrie Irving at the Nets.

If KD goes to Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks then they will be given a 35% and 10% chance respectively by sports books like Betway. It’s important to note that these odds are also likely going to fluctuate as we draw closer and closer to the start of the NBA season 2019-2020 as more news is released about KD’s decision.

The Carmelo Anthony Option

Durant has one year left on his contract with the Warriors, which includes a player option for the 2019-20 season. If he exercises this option, he can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. But if he declines to exercise the option and becomes a free agent now, Golden State would still be able to offer him more money than any other team.

Forcing a trade seems unlikely because it would require the Warriors to take on a significant salary to acquire him and then convince Durant to stay beyond just one year. And while Durant could always sign with another team at the end of this season without Golden State’s permission, that’s probably not going to happen with so much time remaining on his deal.

The Kyrie Irving Trade Option

Kyrie Irving’s contract expires this summer and rumors have been swirling about his future. You can probably guess where this is going but let’s explore the idea of him playing for the Brooklyn Nets. It would be a risky move, but there are a few reasons why it could work. For starters, Kyrie Irving is still only 25 years old, so he still has plenty of time to develop his game and win a championship before he reaches 30.

The Kyrie Irving trade option would also allow the Nets to build around him while they wait for their young players to blossom. If they strike out on both stars and find themselves without any hope (which is very possible), they could always trade Kyrie Irving again at that point or take their chances with the draft lottery.

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