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    Quote ezz_bee wrote: View Post
    Agree with delman21 is saying, and I think that a lot of people are too hopeful that Durant will leave because they see a lot of parallels between the Durant + OKC and Lebron + Cavs. Although, both are small market teams, and both never won a title I think that OKC still has a lot to offer Durant that Cleveland didn't have to offer Lebron. Namely, young players with talent. Obviously the the loss of Harden hurt (and I think that was the reason that got a lot of people started down the line of that Durant could walk). But there's still Westbrooke, and Ibaka, both young and still getting better. Plus they've got even younger guys who are doing well with significant minutes in Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson, both of whom should still get better, or provide decent return.

    There's a huge difference between an OKC roster made up of young players still developing and the Lebron Cavs which didn't have any promising young talent.

    I would love it as much as the next person if we got Durant, and I don't mind the Raptors making moves to facilitate that IF he is set to enter free agency--as long as that isn't our ONLY strategy. No matter how you slice it the odds of landing Durant are slim to none. It's okay to go for it anyway, but stay flexible Toronto!
    Where I see Durant getting frustrated is the inability of the Thunder management and unwillingness of ownership to pay to keep the young talent as they come off rookie deals and hit their prime.

    The Thunder are never going to pay luxury tax because it is a double whammy: they have to pay $1.50 and up for every dollar over the luxury tax AND they miss out on revenue sharing.

    With Durant, Ibaka, and Westbrook's salaries only continuing to rise, it is going to be harder and harder to round out the roster.

    I'm not saying Durant is definitely leaving nor am I saying if he leaves he is coming to Toronto but what I am saying is there is a serious amount of reasonable doubt as to his future in OKC given how fierce of a competitor he is.

    “Last year, I was obsessed with it,” Durant said of winning a title. “Like, I wasn't going to sleep because I wanted to win so bad. I was screaming at my teammates, at the refs, at the coaches. I got mad because I thought ‘if we have a bad game here, we're not going to win a championship.'”

    That edge, Durant said, is part of the reason he was uncharacteristically whistled for 12 technical fouls last season — matching his combined total from his five previous seasons.

    “So I'm not going to let that overtake my mind,” said Durant of his championship chase. “I mean, of course I want to win it, but I'm not obsessed with it. I'm going to put in the work to help my team, but I'm not going to be obsessed with it because that's when I compromise myself, and most of the time it doesn't work out.”

    “Maybe it's not (a bad thing),” Durant said of the obsession. “But for me, it was just, like, I wasn't enjoying it no more. It was more like a job more than just going out there having fun playing the game. I never want to lose the love. Once you lose love of something and you make it into a job then …”

    “Like, for me, when I was coming in I was like “If I miss a shot, I'm going to miss this shot in Game 6 of the Finals,'” he said. “‘If we don't play defense this game, we're not going to play defense in the Finals.' Like, I was thinking like that. And I was going home and I would get so mad over small stuff. That's not me. So I was losing myself over what people thought, what other people thought.”
    A lot of what Durant says echoes what LeBron James said after the 2011 season.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-...ning-last-year
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    Quote delman21 wrote: View Post
    It was reported that KD was already sitting down with management, earlier this season, discussing another extension already. No matter how much money we throw at him, they have the rights, and KD is the type of player that values loyalty. So if they make some moves and trade away, Russell, which there are some miniscule reports of him to NYK, then he might get pissed at management. But he likes the team surrounded by him I believe look at the run he has put together. So landing someone like him is a far off conclusion. We wont get him so I don't mean to crush dreams but he wont be coming. Someone like Love on the other hand might be able to be had. But for what price. We don't trade everything to get him that's for sure. And definitely not all future picks. That screws us and then we need to convince guys to come and play via free agency, with limited funds to dish out.
    show me a link where KD was reported to be sitting down talking extension. i've never seen one?

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    KD makes a harmless comment about the Rap's being his favourite team growing up and people think there is a chance he may actually play here? Everyone loved VC in the Toronto days, and wanted to be like him. I don't think this means KD wants to play here. He is if nothing else a really loyal dude and he's already on a championship calibre team. He's not going anywere.

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    Personally, I don't see an all-star selection for Demar having an net impact on his or this franchise's ability to attract FA's. We need to keep winning and demonstrate a positive, team (family) oriented culture dedicated to growing and competing. Players won't come here because Demar is on the team, but they may come here if they come to understand why a guy like Demar would want to play here.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Where I see Durant getting frustrated is the inability of the Thunder management and unwillingness of ownership to pay to keep the young talent as they come off rookie deals and hit their prime.

    The Thunder are never going to pay luxury tax because it is a double whammy: they have to pay $1.50 and up for every dollar over the luxury tax AND they miss out on revenue sharing.

    With Durant, Ibaka, and Westbrook's salaries only continuing to rise, it is going to be harder and harder to round out the roster.

    I'm not saying Durant is definitely leaving nor am I saying if he leaves he is coming to Toronto but what I am saying is there is a serious amount of reasonable doubt as to his future in OKC given how fierce of a competitor he is.





    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-...ning-last-year
    I agree with point about OKC not paying tax, which could lead to players leaving, which in turn could sour Durant. However, Westbrooke & Ibaka are signed until 2016-2017 which means two things. 1) The core of Durant+Westbrooke+Ibaka has three more playoffs before Durant has to make a decision. I think a core of those three has a good chance of winning a championship with rookie scale contracts and cheap vets. IF OKC wins a championship I don't see Durant bolting. Secondly, when Durant hits free agency Westbrooke & Ibaka are still under contract the following season, meaning that he's bolting on both of those guys.

    The only way I see Durant leaving OKC is if they don't win a championship AND OKC trades either Westbrooke or Ibaka in a cost-cutting move the season before Durant hits free agency. Yes it's possible, but I think management probably knows that if they trade one of those two, there's a very real chance that Durant leaves.

    I think it would be more likely for Durant to leave if Westbrooke or Ibaka hit free agency first. I'm sure OKC is less willing to give those guys big money in favour of Durant and could conceivable let them walk. In the current scenario they probably resign Durant and then let one/both of them go in the following off season. Since they got Durant locked up to a 4 or 5 year deal, they probably think they have time to re-tool to keep them in contention. I guess this is all speculation on my part, but I think OKC is the front runner in the Durant sweepstakes.
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    Quote ezz_bee wrote: View Post
    I guess this is all speculation on my part, but I think OKC is the front runner in the Durant sweepstakes.
    I agree. I think as long as that team is contending Durant will stay. And it's hard to imagine them not contending with that core going forward. Westbrook's health could play a factor.

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