Upcoming free agent bonanza portends NBA dark days

Nearly every NBA team has been eliminated, so most fans are turning their attention to the upcoming free agency season.

Don’t expect Kevin Durant, the prize of the class, to tip his hand until he knows for sure.

“I’ll think about that stuff, I don’t know when,” he said after the Thunder’s season ended at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Monday. “But we just lost an hour ago, 30 minutes ago, so I don’t know.”

No one outside of Durant’s innermost circle has any idea where he’ll be playing next season, so speculating at this point feels silly. (Wherever he does end up going, it would be wise for that team to pay tithes to the church of the Based God in hopes He lifts the curse.)

Of the Dubs’ rotation players, only Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli will be restricted free agents. If they decide to forgo the large sums of money thrown at them — the Warriors will have a chance to match — Barnes could accept a qualifying offer worth $5.2 million, and Ezeli could stay in the Bay for $3 million.

(If you think Ezeli is going to accept that paltry amount, I have a reasonably priced 3-bedroom to sell you on Russian Hill.)

Expect high dollar amounts to be thrown around like crazy this offseason as the league prepares for a bump in the salary cap.

That will mean two things: First, Stephen Curry’s deal (in its last year worth $12.1 million) will be even more ludicrous when put into context of other players.

Second, we’re nearing a lockout in 2017, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires. You can tell it’s coming because commissioner Adam Silver hasn’t reversed course since insisting teams aren’t making enough money.

How sad it would be for Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to lose a year of their respective primes because the owners insist on higher margins on one hand, while going on spending sprees with the other.

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