“Sacramento has been here for so long,” Durant said. “And I know, man, I've been a part of it. When a team is here for so long and just gets up and moves, it's devastating for the city, for the fans.
“Hopefully Seattle gets a team here soon. But here in Sacramento, they needed a basketball team.”
ROBERSON ASSIGNED TO TULSA
With five of its next six games on the road, the Thunder assigned forward Andre Roberson to the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League on Tuesday morning.
The move — which OKC has commonly used with its young and out-of-the-rotation players the past few years — allows Roberson to get needed practice and game time that would have been sparse with the Thunder.
“He's a guy that we love, we love what he brings to our team,” coach Scott Brooks said. “He has to continue to improve. This gives him an opportunity.”
DURANT WINS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
One day after capturing the NBA's Player of the Week award, aided by his historic performance on Sunday, Durant has been named the Western Conference's Player of the Month.
In November, Durant averaged 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists. Indiana forward Paul George won it for the Eastern Conference.
The Thunder was set to leave immediately after Tuesday's game for Portland to complete its second back-to-back of the season on Wednesday night against the surging Blazers (15-3). Coming off an impressive win against the Pacers on Monday, Portland is 7-1 at home.