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Report: Kevin Durant ‘became generally positive’ about Thunder hiring Billy Donovan

Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant and Steve Novak Read To Achieve

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MARCH 12: Steve Novak #6 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder read a book to students and lead them in the Read to Achieve pledge as part of the Thunder Reading Timeout, presented by American Fidelity Assurance Company on March 12, 2015 at the Parkview Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The biggest question in the Thunder’s coaching search wasn’t whom they’d hire.

That’d been pretty clear for a while – Billy Donovan, who got the job today.

The key question: What would Kevin Durant, who’ll be a free agent in 2016, think?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Durant reached out to multiple former University of Florida players in the NBA to gain insight into Donovan, league sources told Yahoo Sports, and became generally positive about the hiring.

That’s good for Oklahoma City.

But it only means so much right now.

Durant has a tendency to support the organization, so it would have been a shock if he were against this hire (though he reportedly wasn’t consulted by general manager Sam Presti). Still, if Durant goes into this with a positive attitude, that makes it more likely Donovan meets the insanely high expectations he’ll have in year one.

And that makes the most important issue – Durant’s opinion of his coach in summer 2016 – more likely to go in Oklahoma City’s favor.