Kevin Durant: Speculation concerning future ‘out of my control’
Kevin Durant’s NBA future — and in what city it will take place — has been a source of rumor, speculation and conjecture for years now. But with the Thunder superstar set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, reports about where he might end up — if he doesn’t elect to stay in Oklahoma City — have been coming fast and furious in recent weeks.
One would suspect dealing with constant discussions about where he might play next season would weigh upon Durant and serve as a distraction. But that’s not the case, insists Durant, saying, “It’s out of my control.”
When asked about the swirling speculation following the Thunder’s shootaround on Wednesday, Durant claimed it’s pretty easy to ignore the noise.
“Nah, nobody talks about it here,” he said, via ESPN’s Royce Young. “We don’t even talk about basketball outside the court, much less free agency chatter. We don’t talk about that stuff. As soon as we walk off this court it’s friendships and brotherhood. It makes it easier when you have a group of guys where’s that’s not always turned on talking about basketball.”
The most recent rumors floated concerned the Golden State Warriors being the “front-runners” for Durant with that one preceded by the speculation that he and Russell Westbrook would continue on as teammates, only with the Los Angeles Lakers and not the Thunder. Throw in the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks as two other teams recently being brought up as possible destinations as well and the reports have been coming in at a frenetic pace.
During his comments, Durant proceeded to razz a Thunder beat writer forThe Oklahoman for starting up the latest round of dart-throwing, but said he gets why it’s such a hot topic and will be covered by the media.
“But that’s just a part of it, that’s a part of this process. I understand that. Everybody has to do their jobs,” he said. “… Like I said, when that time comes we’ll talk about it, but for right now I’m 100 percent locked in and committed to being the best teammate and player I can be and helping my team get a championship.”