HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

July 10, 2014 Updates

Butler is a free agent again and Durant is making his pitch to convince his friend to re-sign with the Thunder. Durant flew from Los Angeles, where he had been working out, to attend Butler’s basketball camp at Park High School in Racine. “I would love to have him back,” said Durant, the NBA’s reigning MVP. “He can definitely help us. But some things are out of your control; management makes those decisions. But I’d like to have him back.” Racine Journal-Times

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“I don’t think it’s fair,” Durant told a small group of local reporters. “I don’t think anything that you guys criticize LeBron [about] is fair. He switched teams; he’s not the first guy to do it. He decided to opt out; he’s not the first guy to do it. Sometimes a lot of people criticize him a little bit too much for doing normal things, doing stuff that everybody has done. [Even] Tim Duncan went into free agency before. He got courted by quite a few teams. We’ll see what happens with me, but everybody’s done the same thing. He’s not the first.” Washington Post

“I don’t know what the big deal is,” Durant said, shortly after his “KD7″ was revealed. “You know, as a player, I think that’s the best way to go about it. You can have all your options. It’s better for you as a player to opt-out, because you can get a market deal, you can get more years. You never know what will happen if you pass up on that. So I didn’t know what the big deal was. I’m sure it was a decision he made — something he was thinking about — for him and his family.” Washington Post

Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been nominated for the 2014 ESPY awards, according to the list of nominations released today. Durant has been nominated in two categories, best male athlete and best NBA player. Westbrook has been nominated for best comeback athlete. Also nominated for best male athlete were Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Oklahoman

June 22, 2014 Updates

All three of those picks worked better than expected. Durant and Westbrook are perennial All-Stars, and Ibaka is one of the best defenders in the NBA. Presti was astute, but he admits luck played its part. “We’ll be the first to say that we’ve had a tremendous amount of good fortune. Nobody in our organization is taking credit for the development of Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook,” said Presti, a Concord native and former Emerson College player. “Our focus was on building a team that was capable of sustainable competitive success. We felt like building through the draft and building an identity for a team over a period of years was the best approach for us. It’s really so much about the individual team and organization and how they see their envisioned future.” Boston Globe

June 21, 2014 Updates

On Saturday, as the Celtics continued to work out players for the 2014 NBA draft, Celtics director of player of personnel Austin Ainge announced what his father Danny would’ve done. “€œI personally was not working here. But I was in college and I was in the draft room, and they would have taken Durant. I did have some inside information there,” Ainge said. WEEI.com

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Leonard has been touted because of his NBA Finals performance, which featured one of the all-time turnaround. Leonard scored nine points each in Games 1 and 2, only to go on to produce 23.7 points over the final three games and end the series with averages of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant saw that performance as more of a system-based result, and he said as much in a casual Twitter debate. Sporting News

June 12, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant is not a gambling man. The league MVP jumped on Twitter Wednesday to dispel rumors that he lost $20,000 in a bet to west coast rapper The Game. The Game - aka Jayceon Taylor - posted a video Tuesday on his Instagram account, saying that he bet Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. Durant's Twitter response Wednesday morning, which has since been deleted, said "Aight this is it. I never bet the game 20k cash. I never bet him. I told him I would give his aau team kd gear. That's all." Oklahoman

The Game got defensive on Instagram because TMZ.com posted a story Wednesday claiming that Durant said "straight up ... 'HE'S LYING.'" Everything was cleared up later in the day, when the rapper apologized, saying he jumped the gun on calling out Durant for "not wanting to help the kids." Oklahoman

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