ESPN’s Jalen Rose Predicts That Kevin Durant Will Join Rockets in 2016

By Michael Ma

Jun 20, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Former player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose watches practice for game five of the 2012 NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

I had to pause for a second when I saw this headline. The possibility of Kevin Durant playing for a team that’s not the Oklahoma City Thunder anytime soon seems preposterous, but for ESPN’s Jalen Rose, he believes it could be a likelihood.

Paired with Bill Simmons for their ESPN Grantland NBA team previews, Rose predicted that after Durant finishes out his contract with the Thunder in 2016, he will come on board with the Rockets and pair up with his friend and former teammate, James Harden, and Dwight Howard.

He also predicted for Russell Westbrook to spurn the Thunder as well once his contract expires, to join the Los Angeles Lakers along with former UCLA teammate Kevin Love.

The NBA is set to have some potential marquee free agent classes in the coming summers, as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Danny Granger, and Pau Gasol could all be free agents in 2014.