Kevin Durant Took His Free Agency Incredibly Seriously
The dust has cleared with Kevin Durant now in Golden State. KD only took a few meetings and from the sounds of it, the decision essentially came down to Golden State or OKC with Boston finishing in third. For so long it felt as if Durant would never leave Oklahoma City, that Durant and Westbrook would try for the rest of their careers to take down Golden State. Is it possible that we all just read the situation wrong?
Back in April, ESPN published an article which referenced an interview with Kendrick Perkins, a close confidant of Durant. Perkins had played in Oklahoma City for four years before getting traded to Cleveland last year and then signing in New Orleans this past season. Perkins was asked in April about Durant's upcoming free agency decision and not only did Perkins have knowledge regarding it, but he was sworn to secrecy. Legally.
Via ESPN..."As a friend, I try not to talk to him too much about free agency. I always try to just want to talk to him about things outside of basketball. We talk about personal life and stuff like that. And I know he’s getting this question every day on the hour and stuff like that, so I try not to bother him.
"But he did shoot some teams out there that he made me sign a confidentiality form that I couldn’t tell nobody. He’s got a few teams that he will be looking at.”
The interview with Perkins stemmed from Boston's interest in Durant. Despite Perkins knowing the answer to the question of if Durant would consider the Celtics, he couldn't reveal everything. Or anything.
Perkins was asked if he'd be surprised if Durant considered Boston.
"You’re trying to get me to really answer the question," Perkins said. "I can’t answer that. I want to, but I can’t. I mean, I don’t know. I do know, but I don’t know."
It's clear that Durant was more serious about free agency than he ever let on and we ever realized. Hell, he made one of his best friends sign a non-disclosure regarding it. And Perkins really did have solid insight on the decision and we just never knew to look.
Perkins stressed that Oklahoma City's playoff performance this year likely will dictate Durant's decision.
"[The Thunder] win it all, he can’t leave, in my opinion," Perkins said. "But if they don’t, it might be time for a change."
So come April, let's make sure we are checking in on what Nick Collison has to say about Russell Westbrook's future.
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