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Kevin Durant sings praises of OKC, sounds like a guy who wants to stay put

Jan 31, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

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Consider this our version of the equal time rule.

Thursday we told you the Brooklyn Nets planned to go hard at Kevin Durant in 2016 when he can become a free agent. They will not be alone — it is likely the Knicks, Lakers and a host of other teams that could have cap space that year will be lined up at Durant’s door.

That doesn’t mean he’s leaving. Every time he speaks publicly he sounds like a guy who likes it in Oklahoma City and doesn’t want to bolt.

Like what he said on Spike Lee’s new SiriusXM NBA Radio show “Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House”

“I love playing there. The city fits me. I’m one of those guys that just likes to chill. That’s exactly how the town is. The people are supportive. The fans are there all the time at the games. Every game feels like it’s a sellout. They just support us so much.”

Two points here.

First, it is impossible to say what Durant will be thinking in 2016 — Durant doesn’t know what he will be thinking in 2016. He gets max money anywhere, he’s the level of international star who doesn’t get a big boost in endorsement deals in a big city because everyone is knocking on his door already. He can base his choice on where he wants to live and where he can win titles, with the latter part of that holding a lot of sway.

If I were to bet I would bet he stays put in Oklahoma City. If they have Russell Westbrook under contract, Serge Ibaka under contract and some good role players around them this is a core that can compete for a title. They’ve been to one Finals and they are contenders this season. If they remain contenders, Oklahoma City can offer the most money guaranteed, and he likes living there, why is it again he’s going to bolt?

But we’ll see in a couple years.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    You made a mistake publishing the Nets story. Does this site just write about stars going to NY and LA every time you cant think up a topic?

    • belleby123 - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      No, usually they just fall back on telling us what LeBron had for breakfast.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM


      • belleby123 - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        No, the new “Wheats by Dr. Dre.”

    • shanelsweet - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      These guys don’t make the story. They just report about them and provide links. It’s nice to come here and see what folks in other parts of the country are writing and talking about without investing a lot of time searching the internet. But, don’t come here thinking that Kurt is making the news

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        Dang! I thought Kurt made everything.

    • kb2408 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Well, I don’t see very many “stars” clamoring to go to Cleveland, Charlotte or Milwaukee.

  2. rollobollio - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Why would he leave OKC? Ah, because he’s in OKC…

  3. lbeezyse - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    But, but LA! They are getting two Kevin’s & a Kyrie in a year or two.

  4. sylpkt - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    KD isn’t going anywhere. There isn’t a team in the league that is better set up for sustained success than the Thunder. There’s a standard media line that the Thunder aren’t willing to pay luxury tax and that isn’t true. They just won’t pay the tax for a role player (KMart or Mike Miller, how are those workin out?).

    Harden’s contract offer wouldn’t have put them in the tax this year and beyond. He didn’t take it (can’t blame him) and now they have Harden’s would be production from 2 players (Reggie Jackson + Jeremy Lamb = Reggie Lamb = James Harden at less than half the price) and another solid prospect in Adams and another 1st rounder. Perkin’s albatross of a deal will be off the books by the time they choose to extend Jackson or Lamb or Adams or 2 of the 3.

    They understand they’ll have to go into the tax during the prime years of KD, Russ and Serge, it just wasn’t worth starting the clock on repeater tax just because they could. Come 2016, KD will appreciate not mortaging the future today.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Well the proof is in the pudding. You can talk about banal tax topics or potential sustained success until the cows come home, but from a practical point of view KD is simply going to want to be playing on a floor emblazoned with a finals logo on it to believe any of it.

      Everyone is so paranoid about rings and ring counts today that players have become, to some, overly ambitious. Durant is no exception – he talks regularly about a silver medal being no consolation. So his standards are set very high, as they should be.

      OKC cannot take him for granted even as he praises the city like this – they can’t let their guard down. They still need to bust their butts off to continue to prove to him that they’re still worth this portion of his career.

  5. billtetley53 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Who’s clamoring to go to L.A. ? In years past they had to trade for good players.

    Who is the last “star” free agent they signed? Shaq. How long ago?

    KB, just quit posting. Your ignorance is on full display …AGAIN!

  6. hojo20 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    How about we just enjoy this season instead of thinking about 30 months from now. God.

  7. riggz91 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    The NBA and the people who cover it are getting ridiculous with this stuff. Nets are going to push hard for him in 2016! You have to laugh at it. Sources close to X say he wants Y. Its absurd.

  8. antistratfordian - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    KD is kind of in the same position as LeBron circa 2008. Coming off a finals defeat at a young age, but really starting to figure this game out, with the future looking as bright as ever. But, similarly, whether he stays or leaves is going to depend on what happens next. If doesn’t reach the finals again in the next 2 years I think, obviously, there will be problems. He doesn’t want to be 27-28 years old – staring down the barrel of 30 – with a ring looking as elusive as ever.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Some guys are good with being the big fish in a little pond. As long as they stay competitive, he has no reason to leave.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Big ponds like New Yawk are cesspools of crap,

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Some fish thrive on crap :-\

  10. jimeejohnson - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Bricktown’s the Berkeley of the Midwest, without the ridiculous traffic and prices.

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