HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

July 30, 2014 Updates

That doesn't mean people treat Durant like a normal person. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward, who with 7.7 million followers is second to only LeBron James (13.8 million followers) in Twitter popularity, said all the noise led to him having second thoughts about the platform. Durant said he will delete Twitter applications from his phone to help keep his mind "pure" and "positive." "I might sign on here and there but for the most part I'll be off of it," Durant said. "When you go in there sometimes and you see that stuff and it kind of sits in your brain for a little bit -- not just my free agency or whatever but just anything -- most of the time you don't see a lot of good news on there." ESPN.com

Kevin Durant spent Wednesday morning in Las Vegas talking to 10 companies that sponsor him while addressing questions on how he handles being a public figure and being chosen as a popular figure on Madison Avenue. While Durant was one of the most liked players in the league, he became the most liked this season, according to the Q Scores, thanks in great part to his MVP speech in which he emotionally thanked his mother for her guidance and support. "I didn't do that to be marketable, to be looked at as one of the more marketable guys," Durant said in an interview with ESPN. "Was just being myself, and, if people like for me being myself, then I'm cool with it. I'm not trying to be nobody else or act a different way. I'm still a work in progress just like everybody else so I'm just going to continue to keep being who I am, and I enjoy all the partners that partner with me. I just try to do my best to represent them and do everything in authentic ways." ESPN.com

The Wizards will undoubtedly be in competition from several other teams that will have money that summer, including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Rockets. Durant expects to have a few suitors coming his way. “It’s great to feel wanted,” Durant said. “Got to see what’s out there, if you’re a free agent. We playing in a league where it’s so powerful, you can impact so many different people. You’ve got to look at all of your options.” Washington Post

The incumbent Thunder officials would no doubt be sleeping easier at night if they had a Larry O'Brien trophy to put inside the team's practice facility as a reminder to Durant that he shouldn't leave. Instead, he'll soon enter his eighth season without a championship to his name and with the residue of five consecutive playoff exits on his resume. Durant was asked Tuesday if winning it all would make a difference in his 2016 decision, to which he predictably offered an affirmative. "Two (championship) years straight? That would be cool," Durant said. "It would definitely be tough to (leave then). That's one of those things where you've got a dynasty now. But like I said, I don't want to think too far down the line. I'm trying to focus on today. I love my teammates, my coaches, the front office, the city, but we'll see." USA Today Sports

July 29, 2014 Updates

Durant also has close ties to his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He famously began his MVP speech this spring with a reference to his hometown. "I come from a small county outside of Washington, D.C., called P.G. County," Durant said after his MVP award was announced. Asked Tuesday if he might make a similar homecoming in two years when he can become a free agent, Durant said it was too far in the future to discuss in a serious way right now. "I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant said. "It's hard to talk about that right now when I've got two years left in Oklahoma City. I'm just going to focus on that. I'm not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does. ESPN.com

July 28, 2014 Updates
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Jordan Schultz: Kevin Durant on OKC Thunder title hopes next season: "I feel like we're just a piece or two missing. I feel like we're close." Twitter

July 22, 2014 Updates

So why not read about what Gary Williams thinks about the Durant question? “One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant’s watching that very close,” Williams said on ESPN 980 last week. “He’s seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area. He does. He’s back every summer. He plays at Montrose [Christian] against their high school kids sometimes; he’s out there taking charges. He just loves to play basketball. He’s been over at Maryland, he plays with the players over there. He just wants to play. And these are where his ties are. I know one thing, when his career’s over, I’d be shocked if he didn’t live in this area.” Washington Post

Hmmmmm? “I think you go in steps,” Williams later said. “I don’t think [Paul] Pierce comes here unless the Wizards did what they did in the playoffs this year. So now take that a step further. If they do make another really strong playoff run this coming year; now all of a sudden there’s somebody that good that’s out there, they have to look at the Wizards. Because I think all those guys – Durant included – are looking at if I go here, will they be good enough to win a championship? So if the Wizards can show that maybe they’re just missing a Durant to win a championship, I think they have a good chance, I really do.” Washington Post

July 16, 2014 Updates
July 15, 2014 Updates

Lets start with NBA free agency. How do you think the changes that have happened in the league will affect you and OKC? Kevin Durant: I don’t think it really affects us, unless we sign a guy in free agency. We went after a few guys. We actually got one, Anthony Morrow, to come aboard and join the family. It really doesn’t affect us what other guys are doing, we just try to focus on us and how we can get better. It has been a crazy free agency period. Guys moving. Guys going back home. It’s been cool watching it as a fan. complex.com

You often write on your shoes during the games. What are some of the things that you write? It’s a lot of things. From bible verses to words of encouragement to myself when I look down during the game. I had a couple of friends that passed away this year, so I’ll write their names on my shoe. It’s one of those things, when I am at the free-throw line and I bend over and look down and you see what’s on your shoes, you realize, alright. I wrote on there, “Have Fun." I wrote that on my shoe last year cause I was at a point in the game where I was frustrated and I looked down and it relaxed me. Some of those things, I don’t know, you happen to write them, and then you look down and see them during the game and you feel better afterwards. I’m glad I get the chance to do that. complex.com

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