Kevin Durant RUMORS & NEWS

  • Durant believes LeBron made right move by opting out

    Fox Sports Southwest "LeBron James opted out of his contract earlier this week, making arguably the best player in the NBA an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team starting July 1. While the news has been talked about in great detail since, reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant doesn't think it is such a big..." June 26

  • Report: Serge Ibaka’s calf improving, will play for Spain in World Cup

    Pro Basketball Talk "If Serge Ibaka had a healthy calf, it is possible the Oklahoma City Thunder make the NBA Finals this season. (And then it is possible they fall to the Heat and change a whole lot of free agency dynamics, but let’s not go that far down the hypothetical yellow brick road.) Ibaka’s calf strain is..." June 25

  • Thunder teammate thinks Kevin Durant needs to 'get stronger'

    Fox Sports Southwest "Kevin Durant added his first NBA MVP to his resume this season, but he's still without a championship ring. After another Thunder early playoff exit in the Western Conference finals, teammate Kendrick Perkins has a suggestion how Durant can take another step forward. "I feel like he could..." June 19

  • What's next for Kevin Durant?

    The Oklahoman "A day after his most sensational season had come to a disappointing end, Kevin Durant was being asked how he’ll return even better. At the time, he didn’t have an exact answer. “It’s something I’m going to figure out,” Durant said. “Some different type of move that I’m going to figure out..." June 18

  • Durant credits Spurs 'system' for Kawhi Leonard's success

    Sporting News "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the newly minted NBA Finals MVP, faced criticism from the regular season MVP before he could even finish his championship cigar. Leonard has been touted because of his NBA Finals performance, which featured one of the all-time turnaround. Leonard scored..." June 16

  • Fisher could help bring Durant to Knicks

    ESPN New York "When talking about Kevin Durant's free agency and the possibility of Durant's landing in New York, you have to start here: Every team with cap space is going to be vying for his services in the summer of 2016. You also have to remember this: Durant is extremely loyal to the Oklahoma City..." June 11

  • The Game claims Kevin Durant bet him $20,000 and is lying to not pay up

    TMZ.com "Kevin Durant is calling B.S. on The Game -- telling TMZ Sports he never agreed to write a $20,000 check if the rapper hit an NBA-distance 3-pointer. The controversy stems from a post Game put on Instagram on Wednesday -- in which he wrote, "Bet Kevin Durant $20,000 that he'd have to donate to..." June 11

  • Kevin Durant wins first MVP award

    ESPN.com "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named league MVP on Tuesday morning, collecting 119 first-place votes. It had been widely anticipated throughout the league that Durant would earn the award for the first time in his career. Heat star LeBron James was second, with six..." May 07

  • LeBron James says Kevin Durant deserves to be MVP

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant will be announced as the NBA’s MVP later this week, the first win of the ward for KD. The guy who will come in second is good with that. As the Heat focus on their second round series against the Nets, LeBron James (he of the four NBA MVPs) told the Associated Press he is good..." May 06

  • Sources: Durant to dethrone LeBron as MVP

    ESPN.com "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is expected to be named league MVP early next week, according to sources close to the situation. It had been widely anticipated throughout the league that Durant would earn the award for the first time in his career. The most likely scenario is a..." May 05

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    Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

    LeBron came to Durant's defense on Mr. Unreliable headline: "He's got to become a free agent one day."

  • Kevin Durant has become Mr. Unreliable in Memphis series

    The Oklahoman "Joey Crawford came sprinting at Kevin Durant, blowing a whistle and waving arms and the bright lights of Chesapeake Arena shining off Crawford’s bald head, and Durant surely must have thought only one thing. No sanctuary even at the foul line. Even with the clock stopped, Tony Allen sends a..." May 01

  • With the Thunder reeling, an Oklahoma paper calls Kevin Durant 'Mr. Unreliable' before apologizing

    Yahoo! Sports "For the entirety of the 2013-14 NBA season, we’ve credited the Western Conference with being a powerhouse; even by the West’s recent lofty standards of powerhouse-ism. All year long we’ve looked forward to a playoff bracket on that end that would feature eight teams well worthy of second or even..." May 01

  • Durant needs to supply a signature moment in Game 6

    The Oklahoman "On the morning that the Thunder started its championship march with the rough and tough Memphis Grizzlies, Kevin Durant was asked if he was ready for this. But not just any kind of ready. Physically ready? “I feel great,” Durant said. “I feel great.” He continued. “I’ve seen it all..." May 01

  • Kevin Durant admits Tony Allen has gotten is in his head

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant is scoring 28.5 points a game, but one of the most efficient elite scorers ever — he had a ridiculous true shooting percentage of .635 this season — has been slowed down in the playoffs. With Tony Allen being physical on him and good help defense (including Marc Gasol) Durant is..." April 29

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Kevin Durant getting his left ankle worked on after Thunder practice today. Had a minor twist last night.

  • LeBron James: Kevin Durant 'has played MVP-type basketball' and 'it would be great' if KD won MVP

    Yahoo! Sports "Here's what I wrote the morning after LeBron James scored a career- and Miami Heat-franchise-high 61 points to beat the Charlotte Bobcats and forcefully reinsert himself in the running for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award — a trophy James has won four times, including each of the last two..." April 10

  • LeBron all but concedes, says ‘it would be great’ if Kevin Durant won MVP

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James isn’t ready to give up the title of the game’s best player, and few if any careful observers would be willing to take it from him just yet. But the MVP award is different, in that it’s based solely on a single season’s body of work, and it’s largely subjective. It would be easy..." April 10

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Durant on passing Michael Jordan's streak of 40 straight 25-point games: "I don't really care about it. I wish it was over."

  • Kevin Durant scores 31 to keep streak going as Thunder beats Jazz

    The Oklahoman "In a game that had little competitive feel, Utah was quietly putting together a mild threat. The Jazz had scored 27 points in the final six minutes of the third quarter on Sunday, quickly slicing a 28-point Thunder lead to 12. It wasn’t danger time in Oklahoma City. But it was about time to..." March 31

  • Durant not worried about dip in free throw percentage

    The Oklahoman "For a vast majority of NBA players, an 86-percent clip from the free throw line is something they can only dream about. For Kevin Durant, it’s just a disappointing number that represents his second-lowest mark in the past five seasons. And of late, it’s been slowly dipping. Durant shot 85..." March 27

  • Vasquez on Durant: 'He's like Jesus in this league'

    CBSSports.com "Dropping 51 points, including a winning 3-point shot in double overtime, was an incredibly impressive effort by Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. Amazingly, it's something you just start nodding your head without much disbelief when you hear that Durant has done something like this. He's..." March 23

  • Kevin Durant scores game-high 35 points, leads Thunder past Cavaliers

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant came out pressing, evidently under the impression he could put away a crippled Cleveland squad with one shot. He missed five of his first six attempts despite a clear matchup advantage and figured things would get worse before they got better. “I had it in my mind I was going to..." March 21

  • Durant's latest scoring streak has him on the brink of history

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant considers his latest scoring tear the same as the rest. Secondary. But that doesn’t make it insignificant. In Monday’s win at Chicago, Durant topped 25 points for the 32nd straight game. He passed Spencer Haywood for sole possession of the second longest streak of 25-point..." March 19

  • Durant's defensive versatility an added bonus

    The Oklahoman "Here’s a brief list of some of Kevin Durant’s defensive assignments during the Thunder’s recent six-game homestand: •Blake Griffin, the Clippers’ hyper-athletic nightmare of a power forward. •LeBron James, the Heat’s do-everything small forward. •Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers’ lightning..." March 06

  • Kevin Durant likes 'The Servant'

    ESPN.com "As he strives to win his first league MVP award and to keep his Oklahoma City Thunder atop the Western Conference standings, Kevin Durant is ready for a new nickname. Just call him "The Servant" from here on out, the star forward told Grantland's Bill Simmons. "I like to serve everybody. My..." February 18

  • Durant well past tired of talking about LeBron

    ESPN.com "As the NBA’s leading scorer, Kevin Durant doesn’t hesitate to take any shot on the court. But off it, he wouldn’t mind taking a few less questions about rival LeBron James. Asked during Friday’s All-Star media day session to gauge on a scale of one to 10 how tired he is of having to face..." February 17

  • Durant, James pick Curry as No. 1 shooter ever

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The stars are aligned in New Orleans this weekend for the NBA’s annual All-Star Game. It’s the perfect stage to remind everyone that Miami’s LeBron James and/or Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is the game’s best shooter, right? Not according to James and Durant. “Steph Curry [of the Golden..." February 15

  • MVP win would 'mean a lot' to Durant

    ESPN.com "Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant diverted Friday from his longstanding campaign to downplay any conversation about personal achievements by conceding in an interview with ESPN Radio that winning his first league MVP award would "mean a lot." In a sit-down for ESPN Radio's "Meet The..." February 15

  • LeBron James on When Title Pressure Shifts to Kevin Durant: 'When I Retire'

    Bleacher Report "During his first six seasons in the NBA, LeBron James led his team to five winning records and four playoff appearances, losing twice in the second round, once in the conference finals and once in the NBA Finals. He was 24, two months from 25, when his seventh season started. During his first..." February 14

  • Kevin Durant scores 41 as OKC beats Knicks

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant was a minute and change away from once again adding his name to yet another sensational short list. And once again, his team’s dominance kept him from fulfilling a remarkable individual achievement. Durant scored a game-high 41 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists in the..." February 10

  • Kevin Durant scores 31 points, Serge Ibaka adds 21 as OKC beats Memphis

    The Oklahoman "When the Memphis Grizzlies rolled into town, they came carrying the NBA's best record since Dec. 21. But with their floor general, Mike Conley, sidelined with a sprained ankle, the mission became much clearer and much more manageable for the Thunder. Don't have another letdown. Kevin..." February 04

  • Nene says Kevin Durant gets away with carrying the ball

    CSN Washington "As usual, Kendrick Perkins' face had a scowl, but instead of it being voluntary in hopes of intimidating opponents, this one was from the beating he took -- physically, and later verbally -- from the Wizards. John Wall missed a jump shot in the first quarter, and as Perkins went for the rebound..." February 03

  • Kevin Durant needed 95 tickets, 300 guest passes for friends to attend game against Wizards

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant is from the D.C. area, and given how red-hot he and his Thunder have been as of late, the demand from friends and family to see him perform in person was at an all-time high when his team was in Washington to face the Wizards on Saturday. The Thunder were riding a 10-game winning..." February 02

  • Durant's incredible run could have the biggest impact on Westbrook

    Yahoo! Sports "As Kevin Durant obliterates the NBA on a run of genuine genius, chasing down LeBron James for the MVP and championship, an inevitable moment of truth lingers for these Oklahoma City Thunder: the return of Russell Westbrook. All these peerless performances out of Durant, 10 consecutive..." February 01

  • Kevin Durant sings praises of OKC, sounds like a guy who wants to stay put

    Pro Basketball Talk "Consider this our version of the equal time rule. Thursday we told you the Brooklyn Nets planned to go hard at Kevin Durant in 2016 when he can become a free agent. They will not be alone — it is likely the Knicks, Lakers and a host of other teams that could have cap space that year will be..." January 31

  • Nets to target Durant in 2016

    Pro Basketball Talk "Let’s start with the obvious: If Kevin Durant decides to become a free agent in 2016 and talk to other teams, the line of GMs at his door will be as long or longer than the one LeBron James saw in 2010. The other obvious statements here are Durant and LeBron are different people, their situations..." January 30

  • Durant happy Greg Oden, Michael Beasley have landed in Miami

    The Oklahoman "Because of the timing of his rise to stardom, Kevin Durant has been and will forever be linked to LeBron James. Their basketball lives are intertwined. Comparisons have been made. Legacy arguments will be had. And, possibly, more NBA Finals meetings await. But James is not the first player..." January 29

  • Durant, LeBron brace for showdown

    ESPN.com "Kevin Durant called the recent praise directed his way by Miami Heat star LeBron James "flattering." "He's one of those guys who takes on the challenge, and I'm looking forward to going up against him," Durant said ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Heat (7, ESPN). But the Oklahoma..." January 29

  • Kevin Durant's play driving MVP talk

    The Oklahoman "Reggie Jackson called him the baddest man on the planet. Nick Collison insisted he's playing the best basketball of his career. Scott Brooks said he'll be an MVP candidate until he calls it quits. Reggie Miller declared he's already won this year's MVP race. Everyone, it seems, is..." January 29

  • Surging Kevin Durant closing the gap on Heat's LeBron James

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Miami Heat foward LeBron James often looks for challenges on the basketball court. At times, it can get a little boring when everyone considers him the game's best player. It's been that way generally the past five seasons, with James winning four regular-season most valuable player..." January 29

  • Kevin Durant a rare superstar who can do no wrong

    Fox Sports "Kevin Durant got the ball when everyone knew he would. Atlanta ran one player at him, then another, but Durant spun right away from the defense, rose and shot. Doesn't matter if it went in or not because these days, Durant can do no wrong, and now, playing the best basketball of his career, on..." January 28

  • Kevin Durant has taken over

    SB Nation "Kevin Durant has the numbers -- good lord, the numbers. Durant has numbers so big they resemble one of his overstretched arms raining down jump shots and casting a dark shadow over the rest of the league. 31 points a game. 7.7 rebounds. 5.1 assists. A 50/41/88 shooting line that translates to a..." January 26

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Kevin Durant WILL play tonight against the Sixers.

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    gary washburn @GwashburnGlobe

    Kevin Durant (shoulder) is a gametime decision tonight vs #celtics. #thunder. He did not participate in shootaround.

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    Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP

    Kevin Durant out tonight in Boston. Perry Jones starts in his place.

  • Expected 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters

    CBSSports.com "On Thurday night at 7 p.m. ET, TNT's "Inside the NBA" will announce the 2014 NBA All-Star starters. We've gota pretty good idea of what that's going to look like based on earlier returns. Here are the expected results. The big questions: Will Chris Paul re-take his spot from Stephen Curry for..." January 23

  • LeBron motivated by Durant's play

    ESPN.com "Don't expect LeBron James to concede the league MVP race to buddy Kevin Durant anytime soon. A night after Durant scored a career-high 54 points in Oklahoma City's home win over Golden State, James said he's been inspired by the Thunder star's recent performances and isn't beyond using them as..." January 19

  • LeBron 'jealous' of Durant's field goal attempts

    ESPN.com "LeBron James has MVPs, NBA championships and is considered the best active player in the game. So who could possibly make King James jealous? Kevin Durant. "I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he's like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. ... Man," James told..." January 15

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Kevin Durant will play tonight at Memphis after being questionable with a sore left wrist.

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