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Kendrick Perkins: Kevin Durant has ‘a few teams’ in mind in free agency


Kendrick Perkins spent parts of five NBA seasons as Kevin Durant’s teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder, during which he and the superstar established a great friendship. So much so, in fact, that the veteran New Orleans Pelicans center says he and Durant chat about once a week.

With all the free agency speculation and drama surrounding Durant — something that has plagued the dynamic forward for years now — Perkins perhaps is in a good position to provide some interesting nuggets concerning what his friend may have in mind once free agency hits this summer.

Perkins was in Boston on Wednesday along with the Pelicans to take on the Celtics — another one of his former teams — and was informed by reporters that the hometown team likely will take a run at the highly coveted Durant.

“Boston and everybody else, right?” he said, via ESPN.

Perkins was reluctant at best to say too much and betray his pal’s trust.

“As a friend, I try not to talk to him too much about free agency,” he said. “I always try to just want to talk to him about things outside of basketball. We talk about personal life and stuff like that. And I know he’s getting this question every day on the hour and stuff like that, so I try not to bother him.”

Perkins, when pressed, did at least acknowledge that Durant is keeping his options open, at least to a certain extent.

“… he did shoot some teams out there that he made me sign a confidentiality form that I couldn’t tell nobody,” Perkins said. “He’s got a few teams that he will be looking at.”

Durant has frequently bemoaned how much he is asked about his NBA future, although he admits he understands all the interest. There will be no shortage of teams that will make a run at Durant, and even though the star has grown weary of discussing his future and how OKC plays into it, the questions about it will continue to come his way.

But the way Perkins sees it, there’s one thing that will without a doubt confirm Durant’s future.

“[The Thunder] win it all, he can’t leave, in my opinion,” he said. “But if they don’t, it might be time for a change.”