HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

November 22, 2014 Updates

Brooks declined to provide details on what each player did Saturday and said only that they were involved in portions of practice. Durant is scheduled to have his surgically-repaired right foot evaluated Thanksgiving, according to the team’s original timetable for his recovery. Westbrook originally was projected to have his surgically-repaired right hand be evaluated two days after Thanksgiving. Oklahoman

The two seem to be healing at an accelerated rate and a return by the end of next week — particularly for Westbrook — isn’t out of the question. Per the NBA’s hardship rule, neither of the stars (or Mitch McGary or Grant Jerrett) are allowed to return until the Nov. 28th home game against Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks. Oklahoman

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But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets, Bryant was asked about whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean." Oklahoman

Kevin Durant hasn't yet played this season, recovering from a broken bone in his foot, but the Oklahoma City Thunder forward continues to make moves off the court. On Thursday, Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first-ever athlete ambassador. ESPN.com

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In an obvious attempt to make sure folks with the Oklahoma City Thunder have to answer questions about the subject, Cuban wondered aloud if the perennial contender would consider junking this season after injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put them on the sidelines for another month. "The question I don't think anybody's asked is why they don't try to pull a David Robinson and try to get Tim Duncan?" Cuban said. He insisted he wasn't suggesting anything inappropriate. He was just curious why the question hasn't been asked. And no, he wouldn't say whether he would consider tanking the season if he were in the Thunder's position. Dallas Morning News

November 9, 2014 Updates

Rules warranted at least three missed Westbrook games before Smith could sign, but the wheels were in motion. “I hate to be here on those kind of terms, but I’m happy to be here and a great organization,” he said. “I’m really good friends with a lot of guys, played against them. Russ, (Kevin Durant), Lance (Thomas), all in the ’06 class, so I know a lot of them. So I hate to see them go down with injuries. I didn’t expect it, didn’t want to expect it, but it happens.” Oklahoman

November 4, 2014 Updates

After suffering the first significant injury of his career, Kevin Durant got some advice from another superstar that was forced to grow used to watching his team from the bench -- Kobe Bryant. "Kobe reached out to me at one point right after I got out of surgery," Durant told ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" on Tuesday. "We played a preseason game [against the Los Angeles Lakers], and I was sitting on the sideline, and I was just wanting to get into the game. I just asked him, how'd he do it? What was his thought process? He just told me, he tried to learn the game as much as he can from the sideline and be the best teammate he can be and support all the guys. ESPN.com

Durant’s free agency in 2016 is bearing down on them, and every external circumstance seems to be hurting Oklahoma City’s cause in convincing him to stay. Winning a title would be a game-changer, and the Thunder have two chances left on Durant’s current contract — and just one, this season, before he becomes an expiring time bomb. They will have a hard time even engaging Durant in contract-extension talks. The collective bargaining agreement damn near wrote star extensions out of existence by placing strict limits on the number of years an incumbent team can offer in such a deal Grantland

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An anonymous NBA scount dishes his take on the Thunder's outlook with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sidelined. "They are going to have a hard time scoring. You know they are not going to rush KD back because that’s not what they do. The entire offense was funneled to Westbrook and Durant. You can run the same sets but how effective is it going to be without two of the top 10 players in the NBA? But that’s probably what they are going to do. Reggie Jackson is like a mini-Westbrook. He’s going to get a lot of shots. It was the Perry Jones Show against the Clippers, so he will get looks too. Serge Ibaka isn’t a post presence but they might try to do more to get him more baseline jump shots. These are band-aids though. In this conference, they can easily lose 10 or 15 games over the next month and be in a deep hole when Russ or KD comes back. This injury could knock them out of the playoffs." Sports Illustrated

October 30, 2014 Updates

These tweets came before and early in Kevin Durant’s second season. One is directed at Russell Westbrook and the other is directed at an account that used to belong to former Michigan basketball player Anthony Wright, who played with Durant at Oak Hill Academy before Durant transferred to Montrose Christian. If Durant used that language today, the uproar would be much larger. It’s simply wrong for people to use that f-word and gay pejoratively. Those words in this context fortify a society in which gay people are second-class citizens, i.e. beneath straight people. NBCSports.com

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