Kevin Durant could be playing for another team same time next year. Maybe not. The only person who matters, Durant himself, is not sure what the future holds.
Typically, marquee free agents reveal a few desired destinations to their inner circle. For example, LeBron James’ move to Miami Heat in 2011 was accurately reported a few months before “The Decision.”
Unlike James, Durant hasn’t dropped any hints. And most of his inner circle is equally unaware.
Durant has been linked with the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards – his hometown franchise. Some have even suggested Durant to replace Kobe Bryant as the box office attraction in Los Angeles. But is Durant really the type of guy who enjoys the spotlight?
Recently, some have even suggested a Big Three pairing of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Durant in New York. In fact, Kevin Durant has showered a lot of praise on Porzingis recently. Is that a sign of things to come? Is Durant headed to New York? That’s an answer that even KD can’t answer.
Prior to Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar sat down with Anthony Slater of NewsOk.com to address the impending free agency.
Here are some excerpts:
Clarity on 2016 free agency….
Durant: I’m just really, to be honest with you, I haven’t sat down and thought about it. The season moves along so quickly. Every time I get alone, it’s on the plane or in the city thinking about the game the next day. Of course, I can’t say I haven’t totally thought about it at all. But I haven’t sat down and really put a lot of time into what I’m looking for. Just focusing on my teammates, focusing on the season and how I can be better as a player, as a leader. Everything else comes after that.
Difference between small market and big market teams…
Durant: It’s not different. There’s so many games on TV nowadays. Social media gives the game and different players exposure no matter where you are. Let’s be honest, it’s never been about that for me. It’s been about the game and being a basketball player first.
Rumors about heading to New York…
Durant: They link everybody with New York City. One of the greatest cities in the world. They link everybody with this city. So it’s not a bad thing. Great city. Great place to visit, great place to live, I’m sure. They link everybody, it’s not just me.
On feeling wanted by New York fans….
Durant: Yeah, I spent some nice time up here (in New York) coming up and playing basketball. One of the most memorable times in my life was coming up here and playing outside, getting the pure love of the game up here. I’m always going to remember that rest of my life, tell my kids about that when I get older. Something I’ll always remember. I come from Maryland, so we know how big basketball is up here. So it’s nothing new to me. So of course I enjoy playing here. Then playing in the Garden. Every movie you watch they had a scene where they were playing basketball in the Garden, everything reverts back to being in the Garden, whether it’s musicians, basketball players, wherever.
One thing is for certain. Regardless of where Kevin Durant ends up, there won’t be any other story worth discussing over the summer. In fact, KD’s free agency threatens to hog the spotlight from June’s NBA Finals. That is, of course, if the Thunder don’t make their way to the championship game.