Ric Bucher: Warriors Allowing Kevin Durant to Play Raises Major Red Flags

A closeup of Kevin Durant during warmups

A closeup of Kevin Durant during warmups

In a lengthy Instagram post this afternoon, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant confirmed he ruptured his Achilles tendon and had surgery earlier today to fix it. And he has until June 29 to make a decision.

"That's really only if you couldn't find any other team to commit to you on a contract", Wojnarowski said. "I still think that there's going to be a market for Kevin Durant to get a long-term deal, whether it's a max or near-max contract".

This all in turn makes teams who were not in the running to sign him initially and who might be more willing and capable of taking a slower approach, much more plausible a destination than they ever were in the past - making the Phoenix Suns specifically a sudden possibility to sign the now limping Kevin Durant.

Golden State Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers became emotional talking about Kevin Durant's injury he suffered during Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors, saying it was an Achilles injury.

The LA Clippers are likely one of those teams still interested in Durant, and they could certainly still pay him a max or near-max salary this summer.

Absolutely. Even if KD doesn't play a single game next year, Golden State owner Joe Lacob would gladly pay him just over $38 million in 2019-20 if it means the 10-time All-Star signs a multi-year contract with the Dubs. Yet a league executive believes the Warriors will do whatever it takes to have the 6-foot-7 sniper suit up in blue and gold for the opening of the Chase Center next season after putting together his best NBA Finals to date. He'd just get paid more next season. And there's no way of knowing how his significant injury will impact his thought process.

But opting in would still be a shocker.