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Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  34 responses

Kevin Durant Still Confident Despite Thunder’s Limited Spending


Being in a small market, Kevin Durant knows the OKC Thunder’s penny-pinching owners won’t spend too much on free agents. Still, KD says he has faith that his team is good enough to compete for a title. Per the Oklahoman: “‘It’s not about what other teams are doing,’ Durant said. ‘It’s about what we’re going to do every single game. That’s how we approach it.’ Durant, speaking at his fifth annual basketball camp Friday on the campus of OU, returned to Oklahoma carrying unwavering confidence and commitment, in himself, his teammates and their combined abilities to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder atop the conference standings. Despite the Thunder’s relatively quiet offseason, one that’s been void of impactful additions and widely labeled disappointing, Durant expressed belief in the direction of the team and the players that are in place. The Thunder lost sixth man Kevin Martin to Minnesota and allowed seldom-used swingman Ronnie Brewer to walk. Oklahoma City then re-signed Derek Fisher and inked forward Ryan Gomes. In the June draft, the Thunder selected Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Grant Jerrett and Alex Abrines. Abrines will remain overseas, and none of the other additions are expected to be high-level contributors on the court this season. ‘People that really knew, as far as our money situation, knew that we couldn’t sign anybody too big,’ Durant said. ‘We got myself, Russell (Westbrook), (Kendrick Perkins) and Serge (Ibaka) all locked in on big contracts so it’s kind of hard to sign (someone). Everybody wants us to get the biggest free agents, but it’s kind of hard to do that with the money that we have (committed) and the tax and the new CBA. So it was kind of difficult. But we knew the business side of it. But we know we have a really good team.’ The Thunder has more than $53 million committed to Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka and Perkins this season. The league’s salary cap for the 2013-14 season has been set at $58.6 million, limiting the Thunder’s ability to make any real noise this summer. Still, the Thunder tried to lure a few free agents, namely Mike Miller and Dorell Wright. Miller ultimately chose to return to Memphis, where he spent 5 1/2 seasons earlier in his career, and Wright landed in Portland on a slightly more lucrative contract than the Thunder could offer. Durant confirmed reports that he did indeed recruit both players, saying he ‘talked to Dorell and Mike a few times.’ It was the first time Durant used his status to help recruit free agents to Oklahoma City. ‘I texted those guys and let them know that it was no hard feelings if they didn’t want to come to Oklahoma City, which is cool with me because those guys got to make decisions for their families,’ Durant said. ‘Hopefully down the line we can get some players to come play for us.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    “‘We got myself, Russell (Westbrook), (Kendrick
    Perkins) and Serge (Ibaka) all locked in on big contracts so it’s kind
    of hard to sign (someone).”

    so he didn’t mention perkins?

  • JibbsIsBallin

    SLAM- please please please separate these articles in to small paragraphs. I keep reading the same line over and over.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It. Is. Copy. And. Paste. They. Do. Not. Punctuate. Articles. From. Other. Publications.

  • idk

    He might have said Perk? and they replaced it with Kendrick Perkins? I probably have no idea what I’m saying.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I honestly have to use my finger to go from line to line, like it’s first grade

  • RKJ92

    Refer to nbk’s comment.. I’m sick of you guys posting this sh*t.. so DROP IT, they are posting through copy and paste, they punctuate what they write ONLY. Now use your brain process that information, and never post about paragraphs again, because NOTHING will change.

  • RKJ92

    Thunder need a serious upgrade at the SG position, and a deeper bench, or they aren’t going anywhere..

  • JibbsIsBallin
  • RKJ92

    That’s how I feel every time I read these paragraph complaint comments..

  • patrick

    could have picked up Mo Williams to replace (and be a big upgrade imo) Kevin Martin. but they didn’t even make an offer

  • spit hot fiyah

    why not though. it’s not like if u go to the original article it is a huge block of text. they actually have paragraphs, and slam chooses to remove the them. i don’t understand why

  • spit hot fiyah

    if that’s the case u need help bro

  • spit hot fiyah

    or someone like gary neal

  • RKJ92

    I need help because every time i’m on SLAM I see the same comment over, and over again? maybe you should use your brain, and realize what’s happening here, and understand there is nothing SLAM will do about this.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    maybe they aren’t allowed (since it’s not a direct Copy and Paste, but rather a “condensed” version, they can’t imply paragraph’s maybe?)? i have no idea. but they don’t.

  • Max

    Co-sign!

  • spit hot fiyah

    i get what they are doing, i feel like a lot of other readers that it is extremely annoying. i was also thinking if this some “writing rule” according to some standard. don’t know much about that stuff

  • spit hot fiyah

    i get it, i have been around for a long time. a lot of people might just have found out about slam and find it very weird. and they did after change the comment system after lots of complaining from the commenters, so why not complain about this, just ignore their comments if it’s annoying to you, but please don’t throw up :)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if it’s so annoying, and you HAVE to read it……
    CLICK ON THE LINK.

  • spit hot fiyah

    we’re lazy around here

  • RKJ92

    I get that, but a website SHOULD be updated if the comment board, is out of date — (as the site would need to keep a fresh clean look) — but we’re talking about how SLAM does their work now, and that’s a different story, this has nothing to do with the IT department updating the site’s looks, and comment board, this has to do with the journalists running the site, and their system for copying pasting someone ELSE’S work to post on the site as fast as possible. You need to remember SLAM actually produces the paragraphs you refer to when it’s THEIR OWN work, but when they take a blurb from someone else’s work they are just highlighting, copying, pasting said persons work, and then posting it so we can get information fast. It isn’t their job to paragraph it, their job is to get us up to date material for us to read, and go on looking for more information this is a busy company, not some clown shoe magazine organization.

  • RKJ92

    No kidding!

  • spit hot fiyah

    and separating it into paragraphs would take what? 3 seconds?
    personally it’s not a big deal, just looks bad and makes it harder to read it. i started defending someone that criticized it, don’t know why

  • RKJ92

    It would most likely have to do with the legalities of fraud, or a heavy workload, as we have no idea how extraneous their jobs could be. If SLAM isn’t paragraphing the pasted work obviously there is a good reason.

  • spit hot fiyah

    one would assume that that is the case. like i wrote to nbk, it might because of some writing standard. those usually relate to things like quotes, punctuation and references and so on. but i don’t know much about that stuff.

  • RKJ92

    I know a lot about it, but I don’t talk to SLAM editors so I couldn’t give you a definitive answer lol, but following my original comment though, is most likely the case :)

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    As long as Westbrook’s knee allows him to keep playing like a mutant, they’ll be fine. Reggie Jackson has to take the next step along with Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones. And Perkins has to stop taking that jumpshot that takes him 5 minutes to get off.

  • kback

    KD needs to learn how to play the 4 position and post up more. OKC has no post presence!!!

  • Evan Boland

    OKC is saving pennies while the other teams are upgrading. Such a shame that they broke up that Finals team.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Who was it wrote an article in SLAM back in the day about Iverson or McGrady or someone with. every. word. like. this. and. it. was. the. most. frustrating. article. in. Twentieth. Century. journalism. history?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    They can annotate, they just have to accredit.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol i have no idea.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol i have no idea.

  • retrobat

    It. was. for. Ricky. Davis. and. it. was. the. most. annoying. article. of. all. time. to. read. Written. by. Scoop. Jackson.

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