To the title of the article I say: no sh!t - he is what about 29 franchises in the league need outside Miami.
As for the article, Kelly takes a frequently whispered and tossed about idea from the deepest, inner sanctums of the world wide web and throws it in to the mainstream (be sure to click link).
He sent ripples through the city last year when he told radio host Dan Patrick that he grew up a Raptors fan. Patrick, caught off guard, injected an entire league’s worth of derision into the incredulous follow-up: “Why?”
He doubled down on that sentiment Friday.
“(I)’ve always been a big Toronto fan. I was definitely a fan (an upward tilt of the head and a small smile) but I play for Oklahoma City now.”Raptors GM Masai Ujiri does his evaluation in small chunks, normally, six games at a time. The larger MLSE apparatus thinks longer term. The most ambitious of those macro ambitions involves luring Durant to Toronto.
He is under contract to OKC for two more seasons — which is likely their championship window. If they can’t do it with this group, they won’t ever.On the night and given the goal, the eye was drawn to Drake’s courtside seats. He wasn’t in them (a couple of his bagmen were, in throwback gear).
Kevin Durant is Drake’s Manhattan Project. Luring the second-best player in basketball would allow him to retire as a volunteer recruiter and start owning a chunk of this thing. Durant in two years is Drake’s finish line.In all likelihood, Lowry will be fully functional and under contract. DeMar DeRozan will be in the middle of his prime. Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross will be in the midst of arriving as something more than sporadic stars. Most tantalizing: Durant fits with that group. His stretch ability pulls everything apart for the perimeter players and slashers. His post-play frees Valanciunas from a duty he’ll never be suited to. That is a championship-calibre contingent.
Will it happen? Impossible to say. Durant is one of the few big stars who, when he says that his goal is to make history, you tend to believe. He won’t do that in New York or L.A. He could in Toronto.
He’ll have to leave some money on the table, but after the first $100 million it’s just notations in a bank book. Could be he gets that.
So will it happen? Maybe. Less than 50/50.
But is that the long-term goal for this newly ambitious Raptors franchise? 100 per cent.
So are the Raptors on the KD train?
Fav team growing up - check
high school teammate and PG - check
books clear for 2016 - check
high profile management with a history of luring big stars - check
ownership willing to spend - check
major performing artist who KD is a fan of - check
*bonus marks* friends with said performing artiest - check
chilling with Landry Fields over the holidays - check
So what say ye? Is this for realsies?