Kevin Durant becomes a free-agent in 10 days and he’ll make a decision that could shake-up the NBA. At a recent sneaker launch Durant shared some insight into his thought process:
“I know how important this time is,” Durant said. “Like I’ve been saying all season, I have people I trust. I have all the trust in the world in them that we’ll sit down and figure this thing out, figure out what’s best for me. It’s a little bit more complicated now, because it’s still a few weeks away.
“I’m worried about basketball,” he said. “That’s what it is for me. It’s a basketball decision.”
Asked what he means by a “basketball decision,” Durant said it’s not necessarily about the spotlight or the money.
“Just who I’m going to be playing with and the people I’m going to be around every single day, that’s what it’s all about for me,” Durant told ESPN.com in an interview at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in downtown Austin. “You tend to hear about the market and the opportunities you can get off the basketball court, but I’m blessed, man, to be making what I make as a basketball player.”
…”I don’t care about commercials, I don’t really care about this s—, I just want to hoop. But this comes with it and I got all this being in Oklahoma City. So all that stuff doesn’t really matter to me. It’s all about who I’m gonna play with, what type of people I’m going to be around every single day and I’ll go from there.”
Sorry, Lakers and Knicks fans. KD doesn’t give a crap about your glitz and glamour.
Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reports Durant will visit with teams in Los Angeles:
The one player who can change the balance of power in the NBA is expected to meet with prospective teams in Los Angeles when the free-agent recruiting period beings in July, according to a source. Durant had considered holding meetings in New York, but apparently has decided to hear proposals in Los Angeles, where he owns an off-season home.
The same source maintains that if Durant doesn’t re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder he would prefer to join the Warriors, a team that has reached two straight NBA Finals and could rule the Western Conference for the next five years if Durant goes to the Bay Area.
Go to the Warriors and play second fiddle to Steph Curry? C’mon, Kevin. You’re better than that.