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Would Kevin Durant Really Leave Oklahoma City After The Playoff Run The Thunder Just Went On?

Submitted by on May 31, 2016 – 4:11 pmNo Comment

Prior to the start of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, there were a lot of people out there who thought there was a good chance Kevin Durant would leave the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer. Even though he would ultimately make more money by signing with the Thunder over any other team, the thought was that the Thunder were the third-best team in the Western Conference this season behind the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs and that KD wouldn’t stand much of a chance of winning a championship if he stayed out West. He would have a much better chance if he signed with the Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards when he becomes a free agent in July, so he was as good as gone when the postseason started to play out.

That could still be the case, but the Thunder made a surprising run deep into the Western Conference Playoffs and took the Warriors all the way to Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals. You could even argue that the Thunder were the better team in the WCF and should have advanced to the 2016 NBA Finals if not for the ridiculous run Steph Curry and Klay Thompson made towards the end of the WCF. So where does that leave KD? Will he really get up and walk out of the OKC locker room for the final team knowing what he now knows about his team?

It seems silly that he would even consider it. At this point, KD has plenty of options when it comes to free agency. The question really isn’t how many teams will try to sign him; it’s how many won’t be in the running for his services. He could realistically have a conversation with every single team in the NBA this summer about his future. But after what he was just able to do with the Thunder, it doesn’t seem like KD should even consider leaving. The team is perfectly positioned to make another deep run next season with a young nucleus, and they’re only one or two pieces away from having a team that could be considered an NBA title favorite. And KD is going to have the option to sign a short-term contract this summer knowing that an inflated salary cap could help him out next summer. So why not stay?

There’s not really even a decision to be made here. KD should—and most likely will—stay put in OKC. And it’ll be great for both him and the NBA as a whole.

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