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Kevin Durant tells fans to chill, him signing with Jay-Z doesn’t mean he bolts OKC

Jul 2, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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Kevin Durant is a big star playing in a small market — that always makes small market fans a little edgy. The list of players forcing their way out of small markets to bigger ones is a tradition that dates back to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Milwaukee, or probably earlier.

So when Durant switched agents to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, a few OKC fans thought that was a sign. Jay-Z is as big city as it gets, the guy wrote a New York anthem for crying out loud.

Durant wants you all to chill. He’s not going anywhere.

That’s what he told the Oklahoman.

“He has nothing to do with if I’m going to leave OKC or none of that,” Durant told The Oklahoman. “I heard that before so put that out on the table. He has nothing to do with that. He knows his lane with me. Their team knows their lane with me. And they’re letting me handle the basketball part. I would tell fans not to worry about that at all.”

Durant is about the most grounded star you could get. He signed a five-year extension with the Thunder as quickly as he could then just announced it on twitter casually. He’s got three years left on his deal and he’s not going to big time OKC.

Now, if the team can’t win a ring and can’t put enough pieces around him to do so — if he has good basketball reasons to leave — that’s another matter. He wants to win. But it’s not about the city. So relax.

  1. valarmorghuliss - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

  2. asimonetti88 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Durant seems like a throwback- a guy who really only cares about winning. I feel like he’d be happy playing in Siberia if he was on a contending team.

  3. kinggw - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Three years from now Thunder fans should be worried about Durant going home to DC. If Beal and Wall continue to progress, the Wiz will be an attractive option.

  4. patfic15 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Not yet. Let’s see what Presti does the next two seasons. Start by ridding the team of the albatross Perkins. Show Durant you’re committed to winning.

  5. supremekingz - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    LOL@ Wall over Westbrook

    • tomtravis76 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      If he has a ring in OKC he will stay, if not he will come home to the DMV. Durant loves his hometown area and he seems like the kind of guy who would want to bring championships to DC basketball fans.

  6. brookwell2013 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    As Durant gets more and more seasoned he will start really asserting his leadership on the floor and in the locker room. He’s one of those rare superstar guys in the NBA who has great character but as the years go by, if he doesn’t win a championship in OKC and he feels it might be slipping away, that cat will leave OKC for a ring; he just will. Absolutely no knock on OKC or the city or the fans there but this guy Durant is understanding more and more that to get to the top of the mountain in the NBA and amongst his peers, he’s got to have that ring.

  7. The Prophet - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    It’s so lame that these athletes in their 20’s are signing with Jay-Z because they grew up listening to their CD’s so they think he’s “so cool”. This is as ridiculous as if Larry Bird hired Conway Twitty to be his agent.

    • buttfumbles - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Uh, you do know Jay-Z has had some success in his other business ventures.

  8. hojo20 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Did Jay-Z call Durant the N-word during negotiations? Jay-Z seems to use it a lot in his songs.

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