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August 3, 2014 Updates
August 2, 2014 Updates

But ever since, things haven’t exactly gone to plan for Telfair. The undersized point guard struggled with the physical adjustment, quickly falling out of the rotation in Portland. Then, over the next nine seasons, Telfair switched teams eight times, unable to find a stable role and never playing for a contender. He is still yet to appear in a playoff game. “I’m definitely unsatisfied,” Telfair said of his career. “I’m a hooper, I’m a player, I like to play a lot. I just didn’t get as many opportunities as I would have liked.” Oklahoman

August 1, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Pleiss is one of top centers in Europe, headed to Barcelona this year. Thunder plan had been 2015-'16 for Pleiss, which is still likely. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Kevin Durant’s contract expires soon, and the organization with which he’s been for what seems like forever is under siege. Every competitor wants Durant’s services, most notably an upstart in his youthful stomping grounds. We’re talking about Nike, of course, which has produced seven versions of Durant’s signature shoe, but Durant’s Swoosh contract runs out this week, and Maryland-based Under Armour plans to come after Durant with gusto. Oklahoman

July 31, 2014 Updates

The Mavs’ preseason schedule: Oct. 7: vs. Houston Rockets; Oct. 10: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; Oct. 12: vs. Indiana Pacers; Oct. 17: at Cleveland Cavaliers; Oct. 18: at Indiana Pacers; Oct. 20: vs. Memphis Grizzlies; Oct. 23: at New Orleans Pelicans; Oct. 24: at Orlando Magic. ESPN.com

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

Durant, who has always professed his love for Oklahoma City but who admitted Tuesday at Team USA training camp that his future is uncertain, grew up 10 miles east of Washington D.C. in Seat Pleasant, Md. "It's not a bad (idea) at all," Wall told USA TODAY Sports about the idea of Durant eventually adopting James' homecoming strategy. "Two of the best guys in the East going head to head four times a year? It'd be pretty exciting. You just sit back and watch and see what happens, but (the Wizards' Durant-motivated moves) definitely lets him know that we want him around." USA Today Sports

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

 

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