NBA PLAYOFFS / L.A. LAKERS / REACTION: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant reacts in front of L.A.'s Kobe Bryant during the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six of the first round series at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 30, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Durant scored at least 25 points in 29 straight games from mid-December to late-February and guided the Thunder to a 50-32 record and the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2005.
Securing Durant's rights will be the most notable task on the Thunder's agenda this summer. But it's the details of teammate Jeff Green's impending contract extension that could be the team's most important in terms of the franchise's long-term building.
Durant on Tuesday reiterated his desire to see Green return next season. While Durant can command — and is likely to receive — a maximum contract, Green's contract structure is much more ambiguous. According to one report, Green also has garnered heavy trade interest from teams this off-season.
"Jeff is a real key part to our team. I really want him to stay,” Durant said. "That's like my brother. I don't want him to leave. We've been so good together, everybody ... I don't want to see anything break up over non-basketball-related things. It's going to be a tough summer for everybody, not just our team but everybody. But I think we'll stick together.”