Rahim: Despite the report, Kevin Durant opts into final year of contract and his injuries play a huge part?
Joel: There’s a report out there that Kevin Durant will only opt into his contract with the Warriors as a last resort, meaning he’ll only do it if no other teams want to sign him for the money he’s looking for.
I can see how teams might shy away from giving Durant big money after his serious injury, but come on, this is Kevin Durant.
Sure, he might be out for a long period of time, but you best believe that when he comes back, he’ll quickly get back to the top of his game.
I believe several teams will want to pay Durant regardless of the injury. Just the thought of having him locked up when he returns from injury will be too good to pass up, so I’ll have to sell Durant opting into the final year of his contract.
Aman: Admitted, Kevin Durant has been injury prone this season. But, that doesn’t mean he’s any less of a skilled player.
Durant played very well in the minutes he could and was an important part of giving Golden State the lead in the first half in game five against the Toronto Raptors.
So I think it would be kind of shocking if not even one other team considered having Durant on their team. Therefore, I’m selling Durant opting into a final year. It would be even less likely in my opinion, to be honest, if Golden State wins the Finals.
Aman: Jamaica will win the Gold Cup this summer!
Joel: Since the beginning of the Gold Cup in 1991, only three countries have won. Those countries are Mexico, Canada and the USA.
Mexico has won it seven times, USA has won it six times, and Canada once.
Considering the history, I’m going to have to sell Jamaica winning the Gold Cup this year. Jamaica has been the runner up twice in a row now, but I’m not sure they can get there again.
Making it to the championship game three or more times in a row has only been done by two teams, Mexico and USA. No other country has ever made it there three times straight, therefore confirming my sell.
Rahim: Although Jamaica does look like the team to beat, I’ll sell this! Like Joel said, the only two teams to be in the Finals for consecutive years was been USA and Mexico. I think Jamaica can make it back to the finals for a third time in a row, but it will be tough.
This is USA and Mexico’s tournament to loss. And despite the USA’s 3-nil loss to Venezuela in their last international friendly before heading into this year’s Gold Cup. Venezuela is not in the Gold Cup, so no need to worry there! Also USA has a quite easy path to the Quarterfinals as they and Panama will likely advance from Group D.