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April 1, 2015 Updates

Kevin Durant made some of his strongest comments yet about his future free agency, going as far to say he wants to have his jersey retired in Oklahoma City. "I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don't really think about anywhere else," Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview. "I hear it all the time, don't get me wrong, and once you hear it you're kind of like [looks up, thinking]. But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I'm one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career. ESPN.com

Several teams — including the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets — have already set up their salary structure to make a run at Durant next summer, when the league will be overwhelmed by significant increase in the cap. And Durant has been constantly pestered by fans, reporters and even associates about his future plans. “I hear it all the time, don’t get me wrong, and once you hear it you’re kind of like,” Durant said, looking up and thinking. “But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I’m one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career.” Washington Post

“We give these people hope here, because when you think of Oklahoma City before us, it was the Oklahoma City bombing, natural disaster,” Durant said. “If we ever win a championship, I feel we’ll be heroes. I feel like we’d resurrected a city that was down and that felt like nobody cared about them. It’s beautiful because they don’t take us for granted… I got confidence because our fans are going to back us and I’m never going to take that for granted.” Washington Post

March 31, 2015 Updates
March 28, 2015 Updates

He's so unique that people around the NBA still expect him to command a max contract as a free agent in 2016, even if he hasn't thoroughly put his foot issues behind him by then. Don't forget,: Gilbert Arenas and Amar'e Stoudemire both received $100 million contracts after they severely damaged their knees. What seems like a bigger gamble: spending money in the hope that Durant is still the Durant we've seen before, or continually trading players and dropping to the bottom of the standings in the hopes of winning the lottery and landing the next Durant that we have yet to see? ESPN.com

March 27, 2015 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder released the following statement on behalf of Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti regarding Kevin Durant: “As we communicated last week, Kevin was going to use this time to engage in consultation and evaluation regarding the persistent soreness in his right foot at this stage of his rehabilitation. As part of this process, Kevin and Thunder personnel traveled to two additional specialists this past week; Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York City and Dr. James Nunley at Duke University. These in-person consults were designed to further supplement the previous evaluations of Dr. Bob Anderson. Several conference calls and discussions amongst the specialist team concluded that, while the majority of the soreness in Kevin’s foot was related to continued inflammation of the cuboid bone and would subside with rest, the evaluation process also determined that the Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal, which had shown significant healing previously, was now demonstrating signs of regression. With the focus of this process being aimed entirely on Kevin's long term health and stability, it was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommended approach. The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period. While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability. NBA.com

Dr. O’Malley will perform the bone graft surgery early next week in New York. He has extensive bone grafting experience amongst athletes and has been consulting on the case throughout. Kevin will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season and is expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months.” NBA.com

Royce Young: Scott Brooks says the Thunder will release an update on Kevin Durant later this afternoon. Scott Brooks would provide no hints about the forthcoming release. I even asked what the first word was. Wouldn't say. Twitter @royceyoung

March 26, 2015 Updates

Royce Young, who writes for ESPN and DailyThunder.com, also noticed something strange that night. Durant was watching Westbrook from two lockers over. And Durant was laughing. Grantland

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