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Thunder's Kevin Durant working on deal to star in film

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: August 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm •  Published: August 21, 2011

/articleid/3596694/1/pictures/1492048">Photo - OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER / DALLAS MAVERICKS / WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS / NBA BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Kevin Durant speaks to reporters during the Thunder's after practice media event at the Thunder practice facility in Oklahoma City, OK, Friday, May 20, 2011. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER / DALLAS MAVERICKS / WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS / NBA BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Kevin Durant speaks to reporters during the Thunder's after practice media event at the Thunder practice facility in Oklahoma City, OK, Friday, May 20, 2011. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

A work stoppage actually would assist Durant in shooting the film. Training camps are scheduled to open at the end of September, but there is little reason to believe owners and players will ratify a collective bargaining agreement in time to start the season on time.

The Thunder is scheduled to begin the preseason portion of its schedule Oct. 12 at Utah. Oklahoma City's regular season opener is slated for Nov. 1 on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Durant also has stated his interest in playing overseas in the event the NBA season fails to begin on time. His representatives reportedly are in contract negotiations with the same Turkish club that signed New Jersey point guard Deron Williams. Durant, according to reports, wants to make a decision on where he'll play by Oct. 1.

Depending on both when Durant's scenes are worked into the production and when the season starts, it's possible the bulk of Durant's role to be completed before the season.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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