On July 1, 2016, Kevin Durant is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
Oklahoma City can offer him the most years and most money, but will he re-sign with the only franchise he has played for?
Could he move to the Eastern Conference and play for his hometown Washington Wizards?
According to one person who is very connected, don't rule out Durant possibly heading west.
"I also heard it on good authority, from a team that plays in the Bay Area, that they're (the Warriors) gonna go hard after Kevin Durant," Klay Thompson's father, Mychal, said on his radio show Thursday morning. "They'll have the cap the room because the cap is gonna go up, David Lee is gonna be off the books. So they are gonna have some salary cap room."
The 2014-15 salary cap is $63.065 million with a luxury tax threshold of $76.829 million.
Recent reports indicate that the the 2016-17 salary cap is expected to jump to around $89 million with a luxury tax of $108 million.
Those numbers will reportedly vault to $108 million (salary cap) and $127 million (luxury tax) in 2017-18.
The Warriors currently have the following players under contract for the 2016-17 campaign, the year Durant could theoretically join the team (salaries from BasketballInsiders.com)
- Klay Thompson -- $16,663,575, second year of four-year contract
- Stephen Curry -- $12,112,359, final year of contract
- Andre Iguodala -- $11,131,368, final year of contract
- Andrew Bogut -- $11,027,027, final year of contract
- Shaun Livingston -- $5,782, 450 (partially guaranteed), final year of contract
These five salaries add up to $56,716,779.
But keep in mind that this does not include Draymond Green, who could end up returning to the Warriors on a deal that pays him around $16-17 million per year.
Furthermore, it's to be determined what the Warriors do with Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, who will become restricted free agents in the summer of '16 if they don't agree to long-term extensions before Oct. 31, 2015.
Even if the Warriors create the necessary cap space to put themselves in position to sign Durant, would he take significantly less money to join Golden State?
Mychal Thompson made it very clear that the Splash Brothers are willing to sacrifice if Durant is, too.
"To play with Kevin Durant, Klay and Steph and those guys would definitely sacrifice to get him to play with them," Thompson declared. "They're (the Warriors) gonna throw their name in the hat."