The Clippers could be looking to add Kevin Durant, center, to their core of Chris Paul, left, Blake Griffin, right, and DeAndre Jordan. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

It has been known that the Los Angeles Clippers would be one of the handful of NBA teams granted an audience with Kevin Durant as he ponders his free-agency plans. It had been widely assumed that, in order to fit Durant and his salary onto its roster, the team would have to get rid of one of its established stars — most likely forward Blake Griffin.

However, an ESPN report Thursday claimed that, when members of the Clippers meet with Durant on Friday, their plan is to sell him on a “Big Four,” including Griffin, center DeAndre Jordan and point guard Chris Paul. The catch is that Durant would have to take a bit less than maximum money, and Los Angeles would have to gut the rest of its roster.

That means J.J. Redick, an important role player on the team, would likely need to be traded away, and the Clippers would have to renounce the rights to free agents Jamal Crawford, Jeff Green and Austin Rivers. Other options to free up room for a Durant contract, according to the Orange County Register, might include trading away Paul Pierce and/or C.J. Wilcox, or renouncing their rights to Brice Johnson, whom the team just made its first-round draft pick.

The Clippers would also be satisfied with simply laying the groundwork for a Durant signing next year, should he return to the Thunder on a one-year deal. The 2014 NBA MVP is meeting with his current team Thursday, and it has long been speculated that the move with the most appeal to him would be to return to Oklahoma City on a two-year contract with a one-year opt-out clause.

In the meantime, Durant will have no shortage of suitors over the next few days. He has actually pared down his list ahead of time, setting up meetings with just six teams: the Thunder, Clippers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. Other organizations that had hoped to land the coveted free agent this year, including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards, have thus gotten a clear signal to at least strongly consider different options.

ESPN reported that, after meeting with Thunder officials in Oklahoma City, Durant will meet with the Clippers outside of New York in the Hamptons. He will also meet with the Warriors on Friday, with talks with the Spurs, Celtics and Heat set for the following days. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Durant is hoping to make a decision before July 9, when he heads overseas on a publicity tour before joining Team USA to prepare for the Olympics.