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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

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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

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Jeff Goodman: I've known Adkins for more than a decade -- and he'll be very good in the NBA. He's also CLOSE with Kevin Durant. Smart move by Wizards. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

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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

“I don’t think anybody, to be quite honest with you,” Smith said. “Obviously the New York Knicks would be in the mix and what have you. But there are folks that I’ve spoken to that are relatively close to Kevin Durant that tell me if he were to decide to leave Oklahoma City, it would be for the nation’s capital. That’s the kind of dude he is. That’s a place that he would consider. “I certainly don’t want to sit here as a reporter and insider and try to give indications that he’s planning on leaving Oklahoma City,” Smith said. “I don’t know that to be sure. I don’t know that to be the case. But I was told that if there is a team that would be strongly considered, it is the Washington Wizards, and him returning home.” Washington Post

Kevin Durant has signed another major endorsement deal since switching agents to Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward signed a deal Monday to endorse Sparkling Ice, a zero calorie carbonated water drink that is one of the fastest growing beverage brands in the U.S. ESPN.com

July 14, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men's basketball champions are among the 19 players selected for this summer's U.S. national team roster. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers announced Monday, along with new additions DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas. Players will report to training camp in Las Vegas this month, with the roster cut to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball in Spain. ESPN.com

The Roster: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faired, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chandler Parson, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson. CSNNW.com

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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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