With daily reports focusing on Durant's possible departure from
Oklahoma City following this season, the All-Star forward provided a
timely reminder that his loyalty at this moment remains with the
Oklahoma City and Orlando were locked at 114-114 when Durant pulled
off a nifty cross-over dribble and fired a three-pointer that found
the bottom of the basket with less than a second remaining.
Prior to fending off Magic defenders, Durant had spent much of his
time shaking off questions about potential new suitors.
"It's out of my control. Guys are going to write stories about what
they want to write about (and where I could go)," Durant told
reporters prior to scoring 37 points in Wednesday's game.
"(The free agency talk) is ramped up a bit. I just try to stay
locked in to where I am."
Durant, 27, has spent his entire career with the Thunder franchise
dating back to their days in Seattle before they moved to Oklahoma
City in 2008.
But after failing to win an NBA title alongside running mate Russell
Westbrook, speculation has mounted that Durant could ply his trade
elsewhere and there are no shortage of rumored suitors for the
four-time league scoring champion.
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He has been linked to the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers,
and most recently, the defending champion Golden State Warriors, in
various stories swirling around him. "It's just a part of this (free
agency) process," Durant said. "When the time comes we'll talk about
it. Right now I'm 100 percent locked in to helping (the Thunder) be
the best we can be."
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)
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