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Oklahoma City Thunder: Knicks' Derek Fisher hiring means the Kevin Durant free agency rumor mill is kicking into high gear

Brace yourselves, Thunder fans. This is only the beginning. For the next two years, any major move by any franchise that might be a player in 2016 free agency is likely to come with a Kevin Durant subtext.
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 13, 2014

Before Durant signed his current contract with the Thunder, he always spoke highly of the city and the organization. Could this be more foreshadowing?

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.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at, follow her at or view her personality page at

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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