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Kevin Durant Watch: How Warriors’ top competitors are looking

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) guards Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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#DurantWatch has officially begun and the early leaders appear to be the Warriors and Miami, though Kevin Durant can’t take meetings until Friday.

Still, the race is on to pry the former MVP away from the only NBA franchise he’s known in an effort to form some sort of superteam.

The Warriors’ chances were expertly broke down by our own Tim Kawakami this morning, which you can read here.

How about the other teams, you ask? Let’s check out what people are saying about each squad’s chances.

Miami Heat

Pat Riley looks to be working his usual magic in the Durant sweepstakes, called one of the two likeliest landing pads along with the Warriors. Obviously, Miami fans are going wild over the possibility — even ESPN’s Dan Le Batard.

Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC faithful are clinging to the thought that the Thunder’s near-defeat of Golden State will entice Durant. His meetings in New York, however, make it clear he’s considering all options.

Boston Celtics

Though they aren’t among the top two reported contenders, the Celtics appear to be the most optimistic outsiders. Boston can offer the youth movement, cap space and overall tradition to lure Durant.

L.A. Clippers

They were late arrivals to the rumor mill, but the Clippers may be the likeliest to work out a sign-and-trade with Oklahoma City, considering they could send home native son Blake Griffin. As is often noted, L.A. is also an ideal destination for anyone looking to boost their promotional income.

San Antonio Spurs

After pulling off a free-agent coup by signing LaMarcus Aldridge last summer, San Antonio might be back in business by trying to reel in Durant. “Hey, it’s just a short seven-hour drive back to Oklahoma!”

New York Knicks

Not among his six meetings but still on his radar, reportedly, the Knicks are a dark horse for Durant. But since New York is no longer the epicenter of hoops, that may be a reach, even with Carmelo Anthony in his ear and Derrick Rose now on the roster.

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Live NBA Finals updates tonight: Warriors vs. Cavs in Game 7

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr fires up  form the sideline against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr fires up form the sideline against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during an epic Game 7 as the Warriors and Cavaliers battle for the NBA title on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Struggling Harrison Barnes listens to Steve Kerr tell real story behind hitting game-winning shot in the NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, left, makes guard Stephen Curry laugh on the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The Warriors won 136-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, left, makes guard Stephen Curry laugh on the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The Warriors won 136-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

OAKLAND — With Warriors forward Harrison Barnes in a shooting slump heading into Game 7 of the NBA Finals, it was story time with coach Steve Kerr.

Kerr told Barnes of how before he made the winning shot in Game 6 of the Finals that clinched the championship for the Chicago Bulls in 1997, he was struggling himself having missed six straight 3-pointers before the game.

“Me and Coach Kerr were talking about him in ’97 saying he couldn’t throw a shot into the ocean,” Barnes said. “He couldn’t make anything. He felt like he was playing terrible. He only knocked down three threes in the fourth quarter, one of them with five seconds to go. It was like, ‘Oh wow, you’ve been balling all series!'”

Barnes said he would put the past aside after he was 2-for-14 from the field in Game 5 and 0-for-8 in a Game 6 in which he was held scoreless.

“It’s like, whatever you need to do for the next 24 hours to get your mind right for 48 minutes. Just be yourself for 48 minutes. Nothing spectacular. Just be you.”

Asked if it would be easy to flush those two performances mentally, Barnes smiled and said, ” For sure. Because the only way I can go is up from there.”

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Live NBA Finals updates tonight: Warriors vs. Cavs, Game 6

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) waits for a foul shot during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, June 10, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) waits for a foul shot during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, June 10, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis during Game 6 as the Warriors look to win their second straight NBA title in Cleveland on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Live NBA Finals updates tonight: Warriors vs. Cavs, Game 4

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9), Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) walk off the court during a timeout in the third quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9), Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) walk off the court during a timeout in the third quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis as the Warriors and Cavaliers battle in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Friday at 6 p.m.

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Live NBA Finals updates tonight: Warriors vs. Cavaliers, Game 3

Golden State Warriors' Festus Ezeli (31) reacts after a three-point basket by teammate Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Golden State defeated Oklahoma City 108-101. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Festus Ezeli (31) reacts after a three-point basket by teammate Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Golden State defeated Oklahoma City 108-101. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Get live scoring updates and analysis as the Warriors and Cavaliers battle in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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