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Will Kevin Durant Can Give it 1 more shot in OKC?

BillyDonovanThunderIn the past six seasons, the Oklahoma City Thunder have made the Western Conference Finals in four of them (2011,2012, 2014,2016). It has been nothing short of success for the Thunder, even this season under first year coach Billy Donovan. The Thunder have come so close, it seems silly for them to break up this group now especially taking the NBA champion Warriors to a game 7. This Thunder team is a solid group, and if Kevin Durant was to leave, they would have a tough time making it back to the WCF in 2017.  

Kevin Durant has been nothing short of a superstar. A four time scoring champion and a five-time All-NBA First team, he has been the face of the franchise since being drafted second overall to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007.

After the heartbreaking game 7 loss in Oakland, Kevin Durant said he has not even started to begin to think about his future in the league. “I haven’t even thought about it,” Durant said,  “I’m just embracing my teammates and just reflecting on the season. I’ll think about that stuff, I don’t know when. But we just lost an hour ago, 30 minutes ago, so I don’t know.”  Obviously Durant was frustrated over the loss since he was talking about it when the game ended, and now the Thunder have to watch from their homes after blowing a 3-1 lead. One of the most unselfish and team players in the league, the Texas University superstar said what most people probably expected. A guy so focused on winning is not looking to the future until it arrives.  KevinDurant1

Kevin Durant will definitely be the top free agent this summer.  Durant has recently commented on the free agent frenzy saying he is going to be a little selfish in free agency and has not yet made of list of teams he has interest in. Also, he will be sitting down with teammate Russell Westbrook to talk about his free agency process.

Marc Stein, NBA reporter for ESPN, rattled off a list of teams shortly after game 7 expected to pursue Kevin Durant this summer including the Spurs, Celtics, Wizards, and yes the Warriors. But one option makes sense for both parties, that KD chooses to stay in OKC.

 

This tweet and the situation makes a lot of sense for Kevin Durant. With the two year max and a opt out after one year, Durant cane chase the title with Westbrook one more time. Also with the NBA salary cap projected to hit $100 million by 2017, Durant will be able to cash in.

 

Saying that, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook cannot do it all. The Thunder should focus their off-season on not only bringing back Kevin Durant, but finding another knock down shooter. When you look at the NBA finals, the Cavs and Warriors have their three go to shooter.  LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love for Cleveland and Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The Thunder were missing that third guy. Dion Waiters is a solid player but he is no Klay Thompson or LeBron James as that knockdown wing shooter. Shooting the three ball is taking over the NBA game and if you find yourself without premier perimeter  scorers, then it will be tough to win in this league.

Billy Donovan did a fabulous job in his first year as head coach. The team chemistry was strong and he got along with the group of guys. Kevin Durant loves Oklahoma City and has played so well with Russell Westbrook giving us the outlook that why not give it one more shot. Durant will have the one year opt out option most likely, and with the  expected salary cap increase, there should be no problem signing a versatile shooting guard. Who wouldn’t want to play with KD and Westbrook for a shot at the title? OKC has become one of the best basketball cities in the world. It will certainly be a hot-spot for free agents and a pronounced city for Kevin Durant to give it one more shot.  

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