During an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Monday, Joel Meyers, the voice of the New Orleans Pelicans, discussed the possibility of Durant leaving the Thunder when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
"I made some calls over the weekend. If they don't, I'm told if they don't at least get to the NBA Finals, Durant's gone," Meyers said, as transcribed by the Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry. "Simple as that."
The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors have previously been reported as "significant front-runners" to acquire Durant, however, the chances of the seven-time All-Star aligning with Stephen Curry aren't as strong as some may believe, according to Meyers' sources.
"So everybody's talking about Golden State. There may be other teams coming into the equation for Kevin Durant," Meyers said. "He's the principle. He's going to be the guy. So from what I've been told, it may not be Golden State after all.
You know, the amount of Kevin Durant stories we have gotten over the last couple of months is rather impressive considering he's a soft spoken guy that has never reiterated any of the things that have been reported publicly. Almost leads you to believe that some of them might not even be rooted in truth. For instance, I have a hard time believing that Durant staying in Oklahoma City is predicated upon them making the NBA finals. That would mean that his priority is to win a championship. However, if his city of choice isn't going to be Golden State - and instead a team that gives him more of a lead role - than it appears he's more interested in an increase in responsibility.
Basically all I am trying to say is that if all of this news has been true than the only real news is that Kevin Durant is a bipolar schizophrenic whose word cannot be trusted at any given time. If his criteria for a new home is winning AND being a leader than he should just stay right where he is, because given the current state of the NBA he is already a part of one of the only 4-5 teams that have any semblance of a chance of winning a title. Regardless, I think I am just going to take every supposed news leak with a grain of salt when it pertains to Kevin Durant's future. Not because I don't care, but because they have yet to make any sense whatsoever. Especially when the original source is someone that's had a fairly contentious relationship with the media, and the most piece of the information is someone that would prefer that Durant skipped town.