We’re still six days from NBA Free Agency’s sorta kinda start — remember, there’s still a moratorium period, except this time its ending at 12:01 a.m. on July 7, instead of July 12 like the last several seasons — and we’re already tired of Kevin Durant talk.
In Oklahoma, the Governor has gotten involved, and the Thunder will likely be one of his first meetings, as will as their direct rivals. The Knicks are looking to be involved, but so will any team who thinks there’s even a soupçon of a chance they can land the wiry superstar. The Warriors remain a dangerous alternative should KD decide against staying with the only franchise he’s known since being drafted by the then-Sonics (RIP) in 2007.
Now, a local Sports reporter for KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City, Dean Blevins, is saying that, with the addition of Victor Oladipo in the draft night trade sending Serge Ibaka to Orlando, as well as Ersan Ilyasova and rookie Domantas Sabonis, sources inside Durant’s camp are saying he’s going to stay and even sign a five-year, max deal. The juicy stuff starts with around 1:30 remaining in the below video.
It bears repeating, if you don’t already know, but the Thunder — with Durant’s Bird Rights — are the only team able to offer him that fifth year, and a larger percentage increase (7.5) year-on-year over the length of the deal.