Yahoo- According to a recent report from Frank Isola of New York Daily News, Durant definitely wants to, and his potential landing spots include a very recent foe.
Durant is expected to meet with prospective teams in Los Angeles when the free-agent recruiting period beings in July, according to a source.
The same source maintains that if Durant doesn’t re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunderhe would prefer to join the Warriors, a team that has reached two straight NBA Finals and could rule the Western Conference for the next five years if Durant goes to the Bay Area.
Let me first say that I put zero stock in Kevin Durant rumors. Mostly just because I have been hearing them since the moment that the season that just ended officially tipped off. Hard to take 'Breaking News' stories seriously when they are all conflicting reports about a guy who undoubtedly should have been playing in the NBA Finals with his current team. I find it exceedingly difficult to believe that Kevin Durant - one of the top 3-5 players in all of basketball - is going to leave Oklahoma City, and I find it even more difficult to believe he's going to do so to become a supplemental piece to an already completed puzzle. More than likely he just wants to have his dick stroked by all oncoming suitors like the rest of the upper echelon of NBA free agents. That said, if he does fly the coop to Northern California he will confirm every negative thing that has been said about him over the last few seasons.
What exactly are those negative things? Well - for starter's - he's proven that one slightly off-color question from the media mutates him from a near 7-foot physical specimen into a mental midget. Watching him go mute on reporters following an absolute disgrace of a playoff performance felt like the equivalent of watching Eminem freeze up on stage during '8 Mile'. Nothing could quell the fear of answering to your failures quite like becoming the (at most) 3rd most quotable player on a team that lost 9 games all season, and was less than a minute away from winning back-to-back championships.
Also, he has been far too passive when it comes to demanding the ball in the big spot. Granted, I know it's not easy playing "one for you, one for me" with Russell Westbrook in regards to shot attempts. Still, the fact of the matter is that - if anything - Kevin Durant needs the rock in his hands MORE often and that's not going to happen playing for a team that is already in desperate need of a second basketball.
I guess I am just preemptively sick at the thought of KD telling me that joining the Golden State Warriors is a "basketball decision". It would only be a basketball decision in the sense that it would make the game of basketball exponentially easier on a player that has so much more to offer the sport than a depressurized role as a stretch four. Joining a historically great team wouldn't be about putting himself in a winning situation. He's already in a winning situation. Bolting to Oakland would be about making winning a forgone conclusion. It would be the coward's way out. It would be a move that makes LeBron's decision to go to Miami look selfless. It's one thing to leave a subpar team to make an average team a contender. It's far less excusable to leave the team that should have been the Western Conference champion for the team that oh-so-narrowly stole that title. None of this is to say that the Warriors shouldn't explore the option of adding him, but it is too say that he would be an absolute pussy to join the force that he couldn't beat.