Kevin Durant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Billy Donovan Narrates Kevin Durant’s Meeting With Thunder, Says Durant Was "Very, Very Honest"

    Complex "Billy Donovan spoke extensively on Kevin Durant’s whirlwind free agency for the first time during an appearance on The Vertical Podcast With Woj. Durant spurned Oklahoma City, the organization for which he had played for his first nine years in the NBA, and signed with rival Golden..." August 27

  • Does Jordan's Russell Westbrook ad throw shade on Kevin Durant?

    Yardbarker "If you ask Oklahoma City Thunder fans, Kevin Durant ran from a challenge when he jumped ship and signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer. A new Jordan ad featuring Russell Westbrook appears to capitalize on that sentiment." August 27

  • Donovan: I think Westbrook and Durant had a good relationship

    The Oklahoman "On Friday, The Vertical posted a podcast with Thunder coach Billy Donovan in which he discussed a range of OKC-related topics, from the Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant relationship to Serge Ibaka wanting an expanded role offensively. After Durant left for Golden State, reports surfaced from a..." August 27

  • Thunder coach Donovan says he was optimistic after Kevin Durant meeting

    CBS Sports "Billy Donovan did not go as far as saying that he thought Kevin Durant would definitely re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, but the coach told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski that he felt good about their chances after their meeting. From The Vertical Podcast: "I don't..." August 26

  • Kevin Durant Unsure About 2020 Olympics

    Hoops Rumors "Participating in this year’s Olympic Games and helping Team USA secure the gold medal was therapeutic for Kevin Durant, who is still coming to terms with switching teams from the Thunder to the Warriors this offseason, Michael Lee of The Vertical writes. “It was therapy for me after making a big..." August 23

  • Kevin Durant on Team USA: ‘It was therapy for me’

    Today's Fastbreak "In an interview with Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical on Monday morning, Kevin Durant reflected extensively on his experience with the gold medal-winning Team USA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 27-year-old superstar entered the 2016 Summer Olympics having to defend himself after..." August 22

  • Kevin Durant: ‘I’m at my best if I don’t care if we win or lose’

    USA Today "Mike Krzyzewski wanted to see the Kevin Durant of Istanbul from the 2010 FIBA World Cup and from London at the 2012 Olympics. That Durant dominated. The Durant in Rio was good in the first five games of the competition, but not great against the better teams in group play. Until the U.S...." August 20

  • LeBron: Durant joining Warriors is 'great for our league'

    The Score "The King sees nothing wrong with Kevin Durant's decision to join a 73-win team. In fact, LeBron James applauded Durant's move to join the Golden State Warriors in a recent interview with Business Insider. "I think it's all great for our league," James said. "Our league is very competitive...." August 20

  • Kevin Durant: Olympics taking on new meaning in light of troubles in U.S.

    USA Today "Kevin Durant had to ponder the question. Had he ever felt chills during an NBA game, the kind that made him feel the way he did in Wednesday’s Team USA win over Argentina when the player-inspired chants of “U-S-A” came pouring down? “I had some chills when we went to the Finals in 2012 (with..." August 19

  • Durant passes Jordan on U.S. men's Olympic scoring list

    The Score ""His Airness" Michael Jordan continued his descent down the U.S. men's Olympic all-time scoring list as yet another member of the roster in Rio de Janeiro moved up. Kevin Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champion on the Golden State Warriors, jumped Jordan for fourth place during Wednesday's..." August 18

  • Kevin Durant And Paul George Thought The Rio Olympics Would Be Easier

    Uproxx "The good news for Team USA after the group stage of the Rio Olympics is that they remain undefeated at 5-0 and won their group. The bad news is that despite not yet having suffered a loss, the American squad isn’t looking anywhere near as dominant as people expected them to be. After destroying..." August 15

  • Coach K defends KD: Haters don't respect excellence

    The Score "United States head coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to put Kevin Durant's mind at peace following his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors, so the two had a chat this summer. After being lauded for nine seasons as a first-class individual, Durant has been flooded with vitriol since he..." August 14

  • Kevin Durant to visit Oklahoma City as member of Warriors in February

    ESPN "The Oklahoma City Thunder are tentatively scheduled to play host to Kevin Durant as a member of the Golden State Warriors for the first time in February, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Thunder's first home date of the season against Durant and the Warriors has been..." August 09

  • Durant didn't like attention he received in Oklahoma City

    The Score "The level of celebrity status that emerges from being one of the most talented and successful basketball players on the planet may be easier to handle in some parts of the country in comparison to others. Kevin Durant must hope that's the case after signing a two-year, $54.3-million contract..." August 08

  • Kevin Durant says talking to Russell Westbrook now is ‘a touchy deal’

    Washington Post "Kevin Durant’s foremost concern these days is playing for Team USA, but his decision to join a new NBA team is still a very hot topic. It’s one that followed him to Rio de Janeiro, where he and other members of the U.S. squad met with reporters Thursday. Given that Russell Westbrook, Durant’s..." August 05

  • Kevin Durant reportedly told Russell Westbrook he was leaving via text message

    Yahoo! Sports "The story about how Kevin Durant told former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook he was joining the Golden State Warriors keeps getting more and more intriguing. It was assumed, after the two spent eight years together with the Thunder, going to four Western Conference finals and a..." August 05

  • Westbrook reportedly deleted Durant's goodbye text

    Yahoo! Sports "When Russell Westbrook traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with general manager Sam Presti in the aftermath of the franchise’s lost weekend in the Hamptons, Westbrook held no interest for a post-mortem on Kevin Durant. For a front office still mired in angst and anger, Westbrook delivered a sobering..." August 04

  • Durant will hold off congratulating Westbrook on extension

    The Score "After spending eight seasons together as teammates, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going their separate ways. Durant took his talents to form a superteam in Golden State, while Westbrook elected to continue building his legacy in Oklahoma City by signing an extension. Save for a..." August 04

  • Durant believes Harden is underappreciated

    Houston Chronicle "Kevin Durant and James Harden, former Oklahoma City teammates, opted against becoming teammates again this summer when the Rockets star chose not to play in the Olympics and Durant did not consider signing with Harden's Rockets as a free agent. But before the USA Basketball practice at Toyota..." July 31

  • Guy Fieri helped recruit Durant to the Warriors

    The Score "Celebrity chef Guy Fieri claims he played a role in the Golden State Warriors' biggest free-agent signing of the summer. In an interview with Justin Bolois of First We Feast, Fieri said he told Kevin Durant's agent during the playoffs to bring his client to the Warriors." July 30

  • Kevin Durant: I never told Russell Westbrook I'm staying in OKC

    Yahoo! Sports "Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant refuted a report that he told his ex-Oklahoma City teammates – including Russell Westbrook – that he planned to re-sign with the Thunder. “It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I..." July 29

  • Rivers: Clippers were in Durant's top 3, Griffin was key to pitch

    The Score "Los Angeles Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers says Kevin Durant's camp told him his team was among his top-three choices during free agency this month. The problem: the Clippers were not in Durant's top two. "The first question we asked is 'are we in the top three?' and they said..." July 28

  • A Title Contender Is Supposedly Hoping To Poach Curry If There’s A Rift With Durant

    Uproxx "The newly minted Golden State Warriors superteam has not played one minute on the floor together, but teams are already scheming for their improbable demise. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have all said the right things about shared sacrifice for this upcoming season...." July 28

  • Warriors president says waiting list for season tickets at 32,000

    The Undefeated "Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry returned to Oracle Arena on Tuesday night for the first time since losing in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. LeBron James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, however, weren’t on the two-time NBA MVP’s mind as he strolled to his courtside seat. While..." July 28

  • ESPN report Durant lied to Westbrook about re-signing with OKC is false

    Sporting News "It sounded too good to be true. Weeks after Kevin Durant made the biggest free-agent move since LeBron James decided to return to the Cavs and left the Thunder to join the rival Warriors, an even juicier tidbit about the signing emerged. According to ESPN's Royce Young, Durant told his running..." July 28

  • Draymond Green okay with losing NBA Finals to land Kevin Durant

    Sportsnaut "We all know it. The Golden State Warriors wouldn’t have landed Kevin Durant if they had won the NBA Finals. Draymond Green knows these this is true, so he’s okay with having lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, now that Durant is on board. Speaking about the events that transpired and..." July 27

  • 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

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