BATON ROUGE, La. — Kevin Durant still hasn't decided whether he'll sign a deal to play overseas.
The unpredictability of the NBA lockout has disrupted the Thunder star's decision-making process. Saturday, though, Durant was firm in what he wants to do.
“Stay here,” Durant, the reigning two-time scoring champ, told The Oklahoman on Saturday while promoting his upcoming film “Switch.”
But, again, that's now.
“That could change tomorrow,” Durant added. “That could change in the next hour.”
Durant's agent, Aaron Goodwin, last month announced he was in negotiations with the Turkish club Besiktas. It's the same organization that signed New Jersey point guard Deron Williams. Goodwin reportedly also has explored opportunities in Spain and Russia.
Durant had previously stated his intentions to make a decision by Oct. 1. The erratic nature of negotiations for a ratified collective bargaining agreement, however, has thrown off Durant's timeline.
“I've thought about it before and I really was close to making a decision about doing that,” Durant said of possibly signing overseas. “But I kind of stopped a little bit once I heard things were kind of moving a little better with the lockout. But one day it's good and one day it's bad. You never know.”
With the start of the season approaching and no imminent deal anywhere in sight, the NBA announced Friday it has postponed training camps indefinitely and cancelled 43 preseason games league-wide. The Thunder lost two of its seven scheduled preseason games.
“I was shocked. The lockout is starting to be for real now,” Durant said. “Now that they've canceled some preseason games and postponed training camps, people are starting to really think (a lost season) can really happen.”
Durant acknowledged the likelihood of the league wiping out more games soon and said it could be a determining factor in what he ultimately decides to do.
On Wednesday, Thunder center Byron Mullens left for Greece, becoming the first Thunder player to sign overseas during the lockout. Durant said he will now closely monitor Mullens' experience before making his own decision.
“I'm going to talk to him and see how it is over there and see what happens maybe in a few weeks or so,” Durant said.