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Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  9 responses

Will Kevin Durant Re-Sign This Summer?

KD wants to make GM Sam Presti’s life easy once the season comes to an end. He told FanHouse that he’s looking to re-up in OKC this summer: “For starters, let it be known nobody on the Thunder has acknowledged it is an option to possibly wait until the summer of 2011 to re-sign Durant as a restricted free agent with the thinking a new collective bargaining agreement will have significantly reduced maximum salaries. But if it is an option, it’s one that should quickly be eradicated from the minds of Thunder brass. Just listen to the third-year forward talk. In an interview with FanHouse before Wednesday’s game at Denver, Durant said his preference is to sign a contract extension this summer with Oklahoma City because he enjoys playing for the team so much. Why would Thunder officials even think for even one second about jeopardizing that by waiting a year? ‘Yeah, that’s what I want to do,’ Durant said about signing an extension when he first is eligible, which would be after negotiations can start July 1 and until Oct. 31. ‘I want to be here. I want to be part of this organization.’ If the Thunder this summer offers Durant a maximum contract extension, which would be in the neighborhood of $80 million over five years, Durant will reach quickly for a pen.”

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  • 6marjons

    first!
    dont think theres anything really to worry about with durant he’s a solid kid playing well with the team that drafted him with his college buddy right next to him

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    the only real thing they should worry is getting a young shot blocking 7footer to put them over the hump, everything else is in place and should stay so
    I know many of you think they have no low post presence, but in the near future ibaka should develop one and IMO will start cos he’s a true 4man, so green will be able to establish himself as a lamar
    odom type of player comin off the bench

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Ibaka is their future Center.

  • Sparty’s Law

    That team has some serious young talent. I wish I had a chance to watch them more.

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    Niq,
    first of all he’s listed as a F, not even a F/C, and he plays a lot of 5 cos they don’t have much size at center other than Nenad “broken knees” Kristic and Byron “raw material” Mullens
    plus recently ibaka more or less gets it together on offense and for thunder to compete at the highest level they’ll need a true center and ibaka would be utilized best at the PF, and if you had watched some thunder you would notice that green’s game is a bit too small for the 4 position

  • LA Huey

    Whatever the CBA is, they better extend the kid ASAP. Good head on his shoulders, good teammate, dynamic talent, what more can you ask for from a franchise player. btw, Presti might want to send Pritchard a nice thank-you hooker.

  • Rob

    what a great kid KD is, and a beast of a player.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bet the team doesn’t sign him to save money, and then has a grumpy star player on their hands.
    It is a business, and I think Durant might get his introduction to that fact.

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    bet presti makes an offer which won’t hit ceiling(realizing new CBA) neither won’t make durant unhappy, I say Durant extends this year, presti is too smart of a GM

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