Kevin Durant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kevin Durant Apparently Told Russell Westbrook He Was Returning To The Thunder

    Uproxx "It’s no surprise the relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will never be the same. That was an inevitable consequence of the pair going from teammates to adversaries upon Durant rocking the basketball world by signing with the Golden State Warriors in early July. Time heals..." July 27

  • Durant's Warriors jersey highest selling in 30 states, including Oklahoma

    The Score "Golden State Warriors jerseys with Kevin Durant's name on the back are a hot commodity in the month of July, despite him seemingly becoming a villain overnight by signing with the 73-win squad. The four-time scoring champion's new jersey sold more than any other player's in the month of the..." July 26

  • Kevin Durant OKC-based restaurant shuts down for name change

    ESPN "Three weeks after Kevin Durant announced he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, the local restaurant bearing his name temporarily shut down Sunday to assume a new identity. Oklahoma-based restaurant group Hal Smith Restaurants, which owns a majority stake in..." July 25

  • Durant says he didn't notice getting booed by L.A. crowd

    The Score "Some elite performers have the ability to completely tune out noise around them. Others simply don't acknowledge negativity. It's not known which camp Kevin Durant is in after he was roundly booed by Los Angeles fans during Team USA's 106-57 crushing of China in a pre-Olympic exhibition game..." July 25

  • Kevin Durant: Nobody has said something negative to my face about joining Warriors

    Yahoo! Sports "Kevin Durant started scribbling “Have Fun” at the toes of his sneakers last postseason to remind himself why he started playing basketball – and fell in love with it – any time he looked down because he was too tense or too upset with his performance. Forgetting that simple motivation can be..." July 23

  • Durant 'didn't really notice' 1st time playing with Thompson, Green

    The Score "It was only for a short two-minute span, but for the first time since agreeing to sign with the 73-win Golden State Warriors near the start of free agency, Kevin Durant was on the floor in an actual game with his new teammates in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson for the U.S. men's Olympic..." July 23

  • Kevin Durant jerseys selling for 48 cents at Oklahoma City store

    San Jose Mercury News "Rub two quarters together, hand them over and, viola, you get a Kevin Durant jersey. A store in Oklahoma City sold the former Thunder star's jersey for 48 cents, or 99 percent off the $69.99 tag price, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. Even though Oklahoma is unhappy with Durant for joining..." July 22

  • Remember When Kevin Durant Wasn't a Tupac Fan?

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant now has a giant Tupac tattoo on his left leg. This is something only a giant Tupac fan would have on his body forever. Or so one would think. Durant explained the inspiration for the ink and it’s quite cerebral." July 22

  • Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny. Durant said he was distracted even after arriving for training camp and he "felt weird" after returning to Los Angeles following George's injury. “I was tired. I felt like I..." July 21

  • Kevin Durant: Lakers are “couple years away from where I wanted to be”

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers chased another star. Once again, that star ran away. This time, the reasons had nothing to do with personality conflicts with teammates, salary or a poor sales pitch in its meeting. Kevin Durant did not grant the Lakers a meeting at all namely because he figured it would be a waste..." July 19

  • Kevin Durant says he stayed in bed for two days after choosing Warriors

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant considered the Warriors for months. Golden State players recruited him throughout the season. He met with the Warriors in the Hamptons. He had all the knowledge to make a sound decision, one he could feel good about. And it seemed he did. Choosing Golden State appeared to be..." July 19

  • Durant opens up about free agency, criticism, Westbrook

    USA Today "Two weeks later, we still didn’t have many answers about Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City behind and form the NBA’s latest super team with the Golden State Warriors. His introductory news conference in Oakland on July 7 was the kind of controlled spectacle that makes it tough for..." July 19

  • Russell Westbrook ‘Ticked Off’ Kevin Durant Left

    SLAM Online "Russell Westbrook trade rumors dominated the headlines last week as reports came out that the Celtics are a likely destination for the superstar guard. However, Westbrook has not publicly stated that he wants to be anywhere else but OKC. The Thunder front office now face a conundrum: either the..." July 19

  • Warriors were surprised to nab Kevin Durant

    CBS Sports "Now that the Kevin Durant free-agency dust has settled, let’s be real: did Golden State actually think it could land this offseason’s most coveted player? “Well, I think we had hope,” Warriors President and COO Rick Welts said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We, like every other team,..." July 17

  • Considering Russell Westbrook's future after Kevin Durant broke his Thunder buddy's heart

    Yahoo! Sports "If you were Robin, and Batman was like, “Hey, man, it’s been fun, but I think I’m going to go and join the Avengers now, so I guess I’ll see you later,” you’d probably be like, “Hey, what the hell, Batman?” So, you can imagine how Russell Westbrook feels after Thunder teammate Kevin Durant left..." July 14

  • Kevin Durant on Russell Westbrook: “Our relationship probably won’t ever be the same again”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The level of tension between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook often was overstated — they got along well. They weren’t Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble close, and the two alpha’s had some tension on the court at points, but their relationship was better than plenty of other star duos in the..." July 13

  • LeBron Predicted Kevin Durant Would Leave the Thunder 2 Years Ago

    Obsev "Back in 2014, LeBron James called that the Oklahoma City Thunder would lose Kevin Durant in free agency. After a Game 5 loss to Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs put their team down 3-2, The Oklahoman published a now infamous hack job of an article criticizing Durant which..." July 09

  • Knicks knew they didn’t have a shot at Kevin Durant... this offseason

    New York Daily News "The Knicks never met with Kevin Durant because, according to GM Steve Mills, they weren't going to be considered as a serious destination for the former MVP. However, Mills revealed Friday that the Knicks believed they were in the mix if Durant became a free agent next year - and were ready to..." July 09

  • Warriors credit Steve Nash for helping to land Durant

    SI "Last fall, the Warriors hired a famous person for an obscure position, tabbing two-time MVP Steve Nash as a player development consultant. The job description was as amorphous as the title suggests. Nash worked out a bit with Klay Thompson. He sent texts to Steph Curry. A few days every month he..." July 08

  • Stephen Curry: Warriors are prepared to be villains

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was integral in the recruiting of Kevin Durant. The former Oklahoma City star said he chose the Warriors because Curry made it clear he was welcomed. I caught up with Curry and got his thoughts on the Warriors’ big addition – how it happened and what it..." July 08

  • Kevin Durant’s father gives advice to son: ‘Be selfish’

    The Undefeated "Wayne Pratt gave his son, Kevin Durant, a specific piece of advice before NBA free agency began July 1. He wanted him to do something out of character for the coveted basketball star. “Be selfish.” “‘For once in your life be selfish and think about yourself,’” Pratt said he told his son...." July 08

  • Kevin Durant says Russell Westbrook 'respected' decision to leave Thunder

    USA Today "At Kevin Durant's Golden State Warriors introductory press conference on Thursday, he informed the media that he has, in fact, spoken to former teammate Russell Westbrook since making the decision to part ways with the team where he spent all nine of his NBA seasons. A decision that, although..." July 07

  • Warriors' Kevin Durant won't go through free agency again: 'I plan on being here'

    CBS Sports "Kevin Durant signed a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors with a player option after the first season, but that doesn't mean this will just be a temporary partnership. After his introductory press conference on Thursday, Durant told reporters that he has no interest in going through..." July 07

  • Durant's Friendship With Draymond Bothered Thunder Teammates

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder just a few days ago and already stories are pouring out about his time there. While most of those tales should be taken with a grain of salt, one popped up makes a ton of sense. Apparently Durant’s teammates in Oklahoma City were irked by his friendship..." July 07

  • Reggie Miller on KD Leaving OKC for “Cheap Jewelry”

    Black Sports Online "All the guys who don’t have rings are upset at Kevin Durant trying to get a ring. That isn’t a coincidence. Reggie Miller is the latest. In a nutshell Miller said that Durant sold out, giving up a legacy for a chance at “cheap jewelry” — an NBA championship ring. “At the end of the day,..." July 06

  • Kevin Durant Joined the Warriors to Rid Himself of the BasedGod's Curse

    Complex "Kevin Durant’s journey to the Bay area actually began way back on January 29, 2011. Young KD was somewhat of a 140-character savant back in the Wild West days of Twitter. Back in the days when a young athlete could roast someone for the hell of it and not make the news, KD was one of the best...." July 06

  • Charles Barkley: Kevin Durant trying to cheat his way to championship

    Sportsnaut "Charles Barkley isn’t a fan of Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency this summer. In fact, he’s going so far as to say Durant is trying to “cheat his way into a championship.” Barkley never won an NBA title in his illustrious 16-year NBA career. So it’s..." July 06

  • Exec: Westbrook '100% Gone' From Thunder No Matter Durant's Decision

    Real GM Basketball "The basketball relationship of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played a part in the former's decision to leave the Golden State Warriors for the Oklahoma City Thunder. One person close to Durant and Russell Westbrook said their relationship is “kind of complicated.” Said another Western..." July 06

  • Durant Reportedly Thought The Thunder Had ‘Plateaued,’ Which Hastened Exit

    Dime Magazine "Kevin Durant shocked the world Monday when he announced his free agency decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors. It was a turn of events met with no shortage of ambivalence from the basketball-viewing public, given the very complicated, competing truths that Durant is both giving himself..." July 05

  • OKC Mayor Says Kevin Durant Got Bad Advice 'I Suspect It Won't Work Out'

    TMZ "The Mayor of Oklahoma City is concerned for Kevin Durant -- telling TMZ Sports he thinks KD got "bad advice" about leaving town ... adding, "I suspect it won't work out." We spoke with Mayor Mick Cornett -- a huge sports fan who also used to be a sports anchor -- who tells us he loves KD as a..." July 05

  • Frustration with Westbrook Sent Durant Fleeing, Opens Door to Trouble for NBA

    Bleacher Report "A 27-year-old man, one of the best in the world at his profession, chose a new employer on Monday. He framed the decision in terms that any ambitious young person would understand. He spoke of his "evolution," and "potential for growth," a yearning to leave his "comfort zone." If Kevin..." July 05

  • LeBron James sent a brilliant message on Kevin Durant's big day

    Fox Sports "While the basketball world was still in shock over Kevin Durant's decision to join the Golden State Warriors, reigning NBA Finals MVP LeBron James was relaxing with his favorite movie, and perhaps plotting the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers. While many NBA players were freaking out over the..." July 05

  • Sam Presti: OKC had 'pretty good indication' Kevin Durant leaving

    ESPN "Thunder general manager Sam Presti said he had a "pretty good indication" that Kevin Durant was leaving the team before Durant made his announcement about joining the Golden State Warriors on Monday. "When you do this long enough, I would say this: I would say we have means known and unknown to..." July 05

  • Fan sets Durant's Thunder jersey in flames

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder fans were understandably upset to learn Monday that Kevin Durant is leaving the team to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with the Golden State Warriors." July 04

  • Draymond Green Told Sports Illustrated All About How He Helped Recruit Kevin Durant

    Uproxx "Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors pretty much guarantees the Warriors will be the prohibitive favorites to win the title next season, even though the Cavs are the defending champs. Getting Durant to join the team was a real coup for Golden State, who had to compete..." July 04

  • Durant tweets he doesn't like super teams, eventually joins Warriors

    The Score "Kevin Durant's mindset on how super teams are hurting the NBA has clearly changed over the years. The four-time scoring champion announced Monday he'll be joining the 73-win Golden State Warriors on a reported two-year deal, electing to align himself with All-Star players in back-to-back Most..." July 04

  • Lil B lifts curse on Kevin Durant

    Fox Sports "The Golden State Warriors could not have had a better July 4th. Former NBA MVP Kevin Durant announced he's coming to Oakland this season to play alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and in what is arguably an even more shocking development, Lil B has lifted the Based God's..." July 04

  • Kevin Durant to sign with Warriors

    ESPN "Kevin Durant will sign with the Golden State Warriors. Durant announced his decision in a post on The Players' Tribune. The biggest catch on the free-agent market, Durant met with six teams the past three days: Oklahoma City, Golden State, San Antonio, Boston, Miami and the Los Angeles..." July 04

  • Durant's decision comes down to Warriors or Thunder

    The Score "The wait is nearly over. Kevin Durant is expected to make his free agency decision on Monday after taking meetings all weekend from six suitors. Those teams were the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and the Los Angeles..." July 04

  • Curt Schilling Pens Open Letter to KD, Which Likely Killed Celtics Chances at Signing Him

    Black Sports Online "The #1 reason I can’t take Curt Schilling seriously is he still has the free wordpress extension on his links for his site. If you can’t buy your own domain and hosting, why would anyone listen to you. I am sure the Celtics are banging their heads against the wall and praying that Kevin..." July 04

  • Kevin Durant 'seriously considering' the Boston Celtics

    CSN New England "When Boston was included among the six teams that Kevin Durant was going to talk to during free agency this month, the Celtics were viewed as a team he was feeling out as more of a possibility for the summer of 2017 when Durant is expected to hit the free agent market for the second year in a..." July 04

  • Jerry West told Durant he would have it easier in Golden State

    ESPN "West spoke to Durant from the perspective of an all-time great player who kept falling short of winning an NBA championship. Although West won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972, he lost in his first seven trips to the NBA Finals and finished 1-8 in the Finals overall. West, 78, told..." July 04

  • Kevin Durant ‘Strongly Considering’ Signing With Warriors

    NESN "Kevin Durant still is a free agent, but he is “strongly considering” one of the six teams he’s met with. But while that remains up in the air, at least we know where he likely will make his eventual announcement. As Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy points out, Durant is a “deputy publisher”..." July 03

  • Kevin Durant's Heat Free Agency Meeting Reportedly Over

    NESN "Kevin Durant’s free agency decision reportedly will be made by Monday, and he has one more meeting planned before we know which NBA team he’ll play for next season. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar met with the Boston Celtics on Saturday in front of a group that included New England Patriots..." July 03

  • Durant to meet with OKC for 2nd time before making decision

    The Score "All the suitors have said their piece. Now it's time for this summer's biggest free agent to reflect. Kevin Durant sat down with the Miami Heat on Sunday in the Hamptons, marking the fifth meeting he's had this weekend. The session lasted just over two hours and no players were in attendance,..." July 03

  • Big Papi joins Boston's recruitment of Durant

    Fox Sports "The Boston Celtics went all in Saturday, agreeing to a $113 million deal with Al Horford, meeting with Kevin Durant and having Tom Brady quarterback their sales pitch to him. If that wasn't enough, they had Big Papi in the on-deck circle." July 03

  • Clippers' moves most likely mean no Kevin Durant for now

    Fox Sports "The Clippers are likely out of the running to sign Kevin Durant this offseason after reaching an agreement to re-sign Austin Rivers for $35 million over three years. Durant reportedly met with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on Friday..." July 03

  • Durant tells teams he'll decide within 24-36 hours

    ABC News "Kevin Durant has told clubs he is meeting with in the Hamptons that his decision will be made within the next 24-36 hours, according to league sources. Durant, the biggest catch on the free-agent market, has met with five teams over the past three days -- Oklahoma City, Golden State, San..." July 03

  • Celtics mean business, bring Tom Brady to Kevin Durant pitch

    CBS Sports "The Boston Celtics are bringing in the "big guns" to help with their recruitment of Kevin Durant. Besides bringing numerous Celtics players, Boston also got New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to help with their pitch of Durant." July 02

  • Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Supposedly Started Crying In The Free Agency Meeting With Kevin Durant

    Dime Magazine "On Saturday, Kevin Durant will continue to sift through the options offered by his cavalcade of free agency suitors, with the Spurs and Celtics pitching their teams to the NBA’s biggest free agent of the summer in the Hamptons. But during Friday’s fête with the Warriors and Clippers, it was L.A...." July 02