OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant undecided on signing overseas deal

While in Louisiana filming his movie, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman he's unsure if he'll play basketball overseas if the NBA lockout drags on.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: September 24, 2011
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant passes the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley (8) defends during the first quarter of an All-Star basketball game featuring NBA players at Coolidge High School, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) ORG XMIT: DCLA107
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant passes the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley (8) defends during the first quarter of an All-Star basketball game featuring NBA players at Coolidge High School, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) ORG XMIT: DCLA107

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.