Some Knicks fans already see him as Plan B if LeBron James stays in Cleveland. And those who seek revenge against Oklahoma City for “stealing” the Sonics from Seattle can think of no better payback than to watch Kevin Durant walk as a free agent after the 2010-11 season.
I suppose it could happen, but I doubt it, especially after reading a recent interview Durant gave SLAM magazine’s Nima Zarrabi. Does this sound like a guy ready to bolt OKC?
SLAM: Oklahoma City will have to be speaking with you and your representatives about an extension very soon. Do you believe in GM Sam Presti’s vision for this team and is this the team you want to be on in the future?
KD: I love this team, man. This is where I want to be. Sam is incredible. He’s like another father to me, outside of my real father. Anything I need. He’s always asking if I need anything or how my family is doing. I just like good people like that. He’s not just a GM. He’s more of an everyday guy that is always around. He asks my input on everything, whether it’s about the newest music out or what type of shoes I like. Small stuff like that. I love him, I love the organization and hopefully I can stay as long as possible.
SLAM: Of the NBA people I have spoken to, Sam truly stands out. In my dealings with him, he has shown me a great deal of respect and professionalism. A great guy.
KD: I’m blown away too. He’s so young! But he’s so mature, so you wouldn’t think that. We have guys on our team that are older than he is. He’s a great person to be around and I’m glad I’m playing for his team.
So, it’s probably time to stop wondering and speculating on what Presti is going to do with that $14 million or so the Thunder has under the salary cap.
Among the other nuggets from the Q&A: Durant hasn’t sold his home on Mercer Island, Wash., but not for lack of trying. “It’s tough man. The market is tough for everybody right now.” Durant also has lots to say about his new teammates, his alma mater and settling down in Oklahoma.