Or is it all just talk?
I’m telling you, Thunder Nation, your head is going to be spinning for the next couple years if you attempt to read between every line and cut up every tea leaf.
My advice: Don’t do it.
Full disclosure: I can’t guarantee that here at Oklahoman headquarters we won’t do those things every once in a while. It’s so tempting, after all.
This summer alone, there are all sorts of high-profile and big-spending franchises going through transformations. The Knicks are now led by Phil Jackson, one of the greatest basketball minds on the planet, and are trying to figure out what to do with Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers are still in pursuit of a coach while everyone has an eye on the day when Kobe Bryant will retire. The Clippers are soon to be under new ownership and on the cusp of signing a new TV deal that is bound to overflow the coffers. Miami has to be more focused on the future than ever with the clock ticking on the Big Three and San Antonio giving them a beatdown in the NBA Finals.
And as every one of those franchises moves and shakes, you can be sure that Durant will be part of the story lines.
Listen, the next couple of years are going to be an endless stream of questions about Durant’s future in Oklahoma City. You will drive yourself stark raving mad if you listen to all of them. And trying to answer them? The harsh and maddening reality is that until we’re much closer to when Durant is actually a free agent, most of those questions are going to be unanswerable.
So, wear out those mute buttons and use that unfollow function, Thunder fans. You won’t be able to entirely ignore the talk about the KD Sweepstakes, but you might just be able to keep your sanity.
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