How Kevin Durant's injury could change the fate of five NBA teams

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When Kevin Durant went down with a torn right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, the future became murky.

Not only for Durant and the Golden State Warriors, but for the rest of the NBA.

Durant is arguably the best player in the league, and what he decides to do once free agency begins on June 30 could change the league for years.

Durant has options. He could exercise his player option and stay with the Warriors for another year; test the free-agency waters and sign a max contract elsewhere; or re-sign with the Warriors for the long-term to try and keep the dynasty rolling.

We picked five teams that will be most affected by Durant’s injury, which could keep him out for all of next season.

Houston Rockets

Maybe 2019-20 finally is the season James Harden and the Rockets advance to the NBA Finals. The Warriors have been their road block time after time, but a Warriors team without Durant — and perhaps other key players that have been part of their five consecutive…

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