Much has been made of Kevin Durant’s upcoming free agency in 2016, especially with the Oklahoma City Thunder constantly falling short in the postseason because of injuries. Since losing to the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals and then subsequently trading James Harden, the Thunder haven’t been back to the Finals since.
The speculation is that Durant may look to leave Oklahoma City for “greener pastures,” but Durant has given no indication that he wants to do that. In his latest comments to Revolt TV, the injured reigning MVP gave his strongest stance yet about the situation (via ESPN’s Royce Young):
“I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don’t really think about anywhere else,” Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview. “I hear it all the time, don’t get me wrong, and once you hear it you’re kind of like [looks up, thinking]. But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I’m one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career.
“Kobe [Bryant], Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That’s awesome,” he said. “But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while, but I love it here and I would love to get my jersey retired here.”
For all the hubbub about Durant possibly leaving, he really has a great thing going in Oklahoma City. He has another top five NBA player for a teammate in Russell Westbrook. Serge Ibaka is an elite defensive anchor and solid offensive player. There’s other young talent in place that has the Thunder set up well for a long time.
The injuries have been disappointing for sure, and Durant just underwent a third surgery on his troublesome foot:
Not what I envisioned coming into this season. But I’m here and ready to conquer this journey. I’ve heard it all over the last few weeks, but I’m not here to prove anything to anybody, im battling myself. When quit and negativity are staring me in my face, i will stay strong and disciplined. And I won’t do it on my own, my closest and friends and family are here to help and that’s something I will be forever grateful for. I appreciate all the well wishes from all of you guys, I appreciate it. This is just a small obstacle when I look at the big picture. THANKS TO ALL MY NBA BROTHERS THAT REACHED OUT, means a lot to me. Road to recovery. GO THUNDER, I can’t wait to play with my teammates again. LETS DO THIS
However, those unfortunate injuries shouldn’t necessarily sway his decision to stay or go. When healthy, this Thunder squad is a perennial title contender, and they have a great fan base to boot. Durant may end up leaving Oklahoma City, but I wouldn’t count on it.