The Kevin Durant free agency rumor mill wheel never stops spinning for long.
The latest isn't about KD2DC or the ultimate scoring forward staying with his Oklahoma City Thunder for at least one more season or joining forces with Stephen Curry in Golden State. The new angle comes from Pelicans play by play voice and longtime NBA announcer Joel Meyers. Following a recent game between the Pelicans and Thunder, Meyers offered the following buzz on his SiriusXM NBA radio show: 2016 Finals or bust.
I’m told if they don’t at least get to the NBA Finals, Durant’s gone. Simple as that.
And to the point where he may want his own team. So, everybody is talking about Golden State. There may be other teams coming into the equation for Kevin Durant.
He’s the principle. He’s going to be the priority. He’s going to be the guy. So from what I’ve been told, it may not be Golden State after all.
But from the calls I took – and some of the people I talked to over the weekend being in the building, in the gym – it’s not such a deadlock.
Interesting for sure especially as the Thunder struggled in recent big games against fellow Western Conference contenders Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers. The pairing of Durant and guard Russell Westbrook might be the most entertaining and potent in the league. It also might not be a winning formula with so much one-on-one offense. Anyway, the story, though not the theory, gained legs when the man himself commented on the finals-or-bust angle.
Typo free Durant quote on the Finals-or-bust report from yesterday: pic.twitter.com/FVMs34dLYk
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 8, 2016
That's it for today's installment of Kevin Durant free agent watch, though I wonder where we go next. Perhaps for the next rumor we can tie in all the pop culture and news events. Something like Durant plans to announce his decision via a selfie with Kim Kardashian at a Donald Trump rally while Kendrick Lamar performs his new songs and Peyton Manning shoots another commercial. Or not.