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Kevin Durant will make his overseas “Decision” on October 1st. You know, without the TV special.

Aug 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

NBA basketball player Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder is greeted by fans as he arrives at a commercial event in Guangzhou Reuters

Kevin Durant is playing all the time this summer. The man is pretty much playing the same amount he was during the regular season. He’s made stops in the Philippines, multiple Pro-Ams, Rucker, the list goes on and on. And he’s not through. Kevin Durant told reporters at a Goodman league event Sunday in Washington that he’s got a plan for deciding whether to go overseas or not:

Durant said that after speaking with Stephen Jackson and a few other players last week, he has decided to set a deadline of Oct. 1. “Once we really know the season is not going to start at regular time, that’s when you make the decision,” he said. “I guess when October hits, it’s really going to get real for me. I don’t want to do it too early and be locked into something, knowing we’re going to play. I’m going to keep my options open.”

via Kevin Durant stars at Goodman League, sets Oct. 1 deadline for potential overseas decision – Wizards Insider – The Washington Post.

Aside from the irritating “I’m going to keep my options” line which has become like some sort of wind-up phrase from every NBA player’s mouth, it would appear that playing overseas is as firmly on Durant’s radar as it is for every player, even if it is just talk. October 1st is a nice solid deadline. If the lockout isn’t resolved by then (breaking news: it won’t be), that’s when it’s going to be clear games will be missed. That’s when checks stop coming. That’s when the lockout really begins. (Hold on, I just reread that sentence after the interminable last 45 days and I need to go throw up. … There. Much better.)

So until then, Durant will continue in his quest to play and beat everyone in North America, and when he runs out of park ball chumps, he may go drop 40 on the Continent. Such a busy summer for such a young guy.

  1. raven410 - Aug 15, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Wow. My interest in the NBA is slowly going down season by season. Players forming dream teams…no top end talent coming out of college compared to year’s past..and now this lockout. Thank god the NFL got their **** together.

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