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February 20, 2015 Updates

Kevin Durant summarized the Oklahoma City Thunder trading Reggie Jackson simply: "He got what he wanted. You can't really --," Durant said, before pausing to think for a moment. "He got what he wanted." The Thunder traded Jackson on Thursday to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team deal that including center Kendrick Perkins going to the Utah Jazz with Enes Kanter, DJ Augustin, Kyle Singler and Steve Novak headed back to Oklahoma City. "Made some great moves," Durant said. "It's tough, losing Perk. And other guys." ESPN.com

"It was pretty easy," Durant said. "We felt like everybody wanted to be here except for one guy. So it wasn't like everybody was going crazy at shootaround. I went to sleep and woke up and we had new players. It goes like that sometimes. Everybody that wants to be here is here, we're excited about our new guys, and it hurts to see [ Perkins] leave, but we're still going to remain brothers until we're both gone. It was definitely a tough day, but a good day as well. " ESPN.com

"You have to have guys that want to be here," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "You have to have guys that are committed. Reggie is obviously a very good player, and he did a lot of good things for us over the years. But he wanted to start. He wanted to be a starting point guard. I don't know if you know this ... but [Russell Westbrook] is pretty good. So it just didn't happen if he wanted to start at the point. But Reggie was good for us, and I have nothing but a lot of good things to say. He's still a young and developing player and we wish him the best." ESPN.com

Durant said he favors the trade despite losing Perkins, whom he singled out for his late-night motivational phone calls during his infamous MVP speech. "I like the pickup of those guys," Durant said. "Me as a leader, I've got to make sure they feel comfortable the second they walk through that door. "I like what everybody brings to the table. It's just a matter of us building the chemistry up." USA Today Sports

February 19, 2015 Updates

Charles Barkley did two segments on the Dan Patrick Show this morning. When he was asked about Kevin Durant’s new beef with the media, Barkley started talking about the “clowns on the internet.” Then he went on a tangent about how most guys in the media are good guys at heart, but said that there are some “scumbags” like Peter Vecsey, Skip Bayless, and Phil Mushnick. Vecsey’s feud with Barkley dates way back, and Phil Mushnick was bashing Barkley’s ‘role model’ ad in the early 90’s. As for Bayless, Barkley has previously called him a “punk-ass” hater, and opined that the First Taker has “surpassed Vecsey as the biggest jackass in the history of journalism.” The Big Lead

February 18, 2015 Updates

Q: Do you resent the organization for trading James Harden? Kevin Durant: Do I resent the organization? Nah. Hell nah. Let's look at it this way. We won 60 games the year he was gone, we won 59 the next year. Had a few injuries, never know what would have happened. So not at all. Plus they signed me to a max deal (smiles). Oklahoman

Q: A lot of people on the outside looking in think that might be a factor in your decision next summer, the fact that they traded James and the talent hasn't been the same as in the past and you haven't been to the Finals since. What impact does that decision in 2012 make on your decision next summer? Kevin Durant: None. None. We're still a good team. Still a good team. Let's be real now. We'd still be up there if we didn't have injuries. If I wasn't out, if Russ wasn't out, we'd be up there. So don't act like we a bad team or we got worse. Nah, we had injuries. It's a part of the game and I understand that, not crying about it. But that's what happened. We lost Russell for a playoff series, we lost Serge for a playoff series. Stuff like that happens, but to say all because we lost James we didn't make it to the Finals. Everybody's going to have their opinion, especially with the time winding down and the summer coming up with me, but I love where I'm at right now and I'm just trying to focus on that every single day. Oklahoman

Don't forget, Kevin Durant was not selfish: He signed a full extension in 2010, no opt-outs. He remembers that, even if no one else does, even as he anticipates the lurking storm of recrimination that awaits him if he doesn't re-up again. "I was loyal. If it comes down to that, I mean: I was. My deal's up in 2016. I'll have been here nine years. I could have easily wanted out. I could have easily not signed the extension after my rookie contract. I could have not played as hard every night. But people tend to forget." Same thing happened to LeBron James, when he switched teams and they burned his jersey. Kevin watched it like, Damn. "This is not just a game for us. This is life. Like, we live and die and breathe by basketball. We're away from our families to entertain other people." GQ.com

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