Durant On Free Agency: "I Haven't Thought About It Yet"


Tuesday, May 31st 2016, 2:26 pm
By: Brett Coppenbarger


With the Thunder's season-ending Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday night, superstar Kevin Durant now enters the offseason in which he's set to become an unrestricted free agent. The thought of Durant leaving sends chills down the spine of any Thunder fan, and when asked about his future after the loss on Monday night, Durant was noncommittal with his answer. 

"I mean, we lost like thirty minutes ago," Durant said. "I haven’t even thought about it yet, just embracing my teammates and reflecting on the season. I’ll think about that stuff, I don’t know when, but we just lost an hour ago, thirty minutes ago, so I don’t know."

There's been different rumors pop up throughout the year that Durant could join various teams such as the Warriors, Spurs, Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Knicks, but the popular belief is that Durant will likely sign a two-year max deal with OKC with the ability to opt out next summer. That scenario could mean that Durant would give the Thunder another shot at a championship, while re-entering free agency in the summer of 2017 with Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. 

For OKC fans looking for some silver lining, Durant used the term "we" when talking after the game, and didn't seem to be a guy looking for the exit sign. 

“When you sit down and look back at what happened throughout the season, you can be proud of not just the players, but everybody in the organization, from the top to the bottom, people that you guys don't know or ever see contribute to what we bring out on the court," Durant said. "That's just pride, effort, passion, love for the game. Pure love for the game every single night, and that comes from just walking into our practice facility every single day and feeling those vibes and feeling that energy from everyone. I'm just proud of what we've all been through this season. We stuck together and we sacrificed for each other. That's just what makes this game so special."

That being said, there's sure to be a lot more rumors to come leaking from various sources as teams prepare for the recruitment of Durant. 

There's been different rumors pop up throughout the year that Durant could join various teams such as the Warriors, Spurs, Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Knicks, but the popular belief is that Durant will likely sign a two-year max deal with OKC with the ability to opt out next summer. That scenario could mean that Durant would give the Thunder another shot at a championship, while re-entering free agency in the summer of 2017 with Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. 

Kevin Durant projected to make most money by signing 1-year deal w/ @okcthunder, then 5-yr deal once cap rises: pic.twitter.com/ocqdE8XqrK

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 31, 2016

For OKC fans looking for some silver lining, Durant used the term "we" when talking after the game, and didn't seem to be a guy looking for the exit sign. 

“When you sit down and look back at what happened throughout the season, you can be proud of not just the players, but everybody in the organization, from the top to the bottom, people that you guys don't know or ever see contribute to what we bring out on the court," Durant said. "That's just pride, effort, passion, love for the game. Pure love for the game every single night, and that comes from just walking into our practice facility every single day and feeling those vibes and feeling that energy from everyone. I'm just proud of what we've all been through this season. We stuck together and we sacrificed for each other. That's just what makes this game so special."

That being said, there's sure to be a lot more rumors to come leaking from various sources as teams prepare for the recruitment of Durant. 

Isaiah Thomas posted this Tweet and then deleted. Looks as if he were trying to recruit Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/7Hm3Jk4K2C

— NBA Talk (@NBA_Updates15) May 31, 2016

Joel Embiid wants Kevin Durant on the 76ers. pic.twitter.com/K5ClX4Zr9L

— LegionNBA (@MySportsLegion) May 31, 2016

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With the Thunder's season-ending Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday night, superstar Kevin Durant now enters the offseason in which he's set to become an unrestricted free agent. 

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