Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar, has dismissed speculation that he’s planning to leave the franchise as a free agent this summer unless OKC reaches the NBA Finals in June.
On Monday, popular New Orleans Pelicans broadcaster Joel Meyers told SiriusXM NBA Radio that Durant won’t return to Oklahoma unless the team excels in the postseason. “I made some calls over the weekend. If they (OKC) don’t, I’m told if they don’t at least get to the NBA Finals, Durant’s gone. Simple as that,” Meyers said, as per the Oklahoman.
“Everyone make up rumors this time of year,” the Thunder star said on Tuesday, when asked to address Meyers’ speculation that Durant has given his team an ultimatum.
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Durant’s response shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s in the best interest of the superstar to stay tight-lipped about his future plans, similar to how LeBron James approached free agency in 2010.
If Durant drops a hint or two about his plans, it could potentially derail Oklahoma’s plans of upsetting the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs during the playoffs.
Last month, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a bombshell when he reported that Warriors were “significant front-runners” to sign Durant, if he does indeed leave OKC in free agency. Seeing as that’s the only rumor Durant hasn’t vehemently refuted, is Durant actually considering the Warriors?
According to Meyers, Durant would prefer to be the alpha male on a team instead of going to Golden State, where Stephen Curry is the celebrated franchise player. “So everybody’s talking about Golden State. There may be other teams coming into the equation for Kevin Durant. He’s the principle. He’s going to be the guy. So from what I’ve been told, it may not be Golden State after all.”
Where will Kevin Durant land up? It’s all up in the air.
Kevin Durant on the report of a Finals or he's leaving ultimatum: "Everyone make up rumors this time of year" pic.twitter.com/hRi14Mbl8o
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