Kevin Durant has been in Europe touring around selling his new Nikes. In a recent interview he was asked about his future plans with OKC and the idea of potentially leaving OKC.
“I like where I’m at right now. I enjoy playing for OKC. As of today, I love it there, man. I want to be there. I love the fans, I love my team, I love everything about the city. I don’t have any plans to move.”
We know Durant loves it in OKC and we know he would prefer to simply win here and keep winning here and stay here forever. He’s a loyal guy.
But Durant, like any NBA superstar, wants to win multiple championships more than anything. In three years when his contract is up, he will evaluate what he needs to do to get closer to winning titles. And if he hasn’t done so yet in OKC, it could make him feel like he needs to leave.
No one wants to see Durant leave. It really would be proof that small markets like OKC are at a huge disadvantage. That’s what will ultimately make Durant’s decision different than Kobe Bryant’s when he was younger. LA was going to do everything to spend and bring in players around Kobe. It’s tougher for OKC to do that.
OKC is already at a huge advantage in the players they have already surrounded Durant with. It’s hard to imagine even three years from now some other team out there having a more attractive supporting cast for Durant than Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and the other young guys OKC currently has.
There’s definitely no need to worry yet about Durant’s future in OKC. But to act like there’s no way he would ever leave, is just as silly. It could happen. That’s what makes winning now and in these last few years of KD’s contract so vital.