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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

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.”

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