“I’m not going to go into depth. It’s not the right time to do it,” he said. “I’ll factor in everything that’s important to me, which is playing basketball, at the end of the day, and we’ll see what happens.
“When I know, you guys will know what I’m going to do.”
What is known so far is Durant doesn’t have much interest in meeting with several expected suitors for his services. The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards — all teams with hopes of at least getting an audience with one of the game’s great players — currently don’t have any scheduled. And, barring a change, it will stay that way when free agency begins July 1.
Durant was, as expected, pressed about his thoughts on the Knicks, and specifically the Derrick Rose trade, by the assembled New York media at Monday’s unveiling of the team in Harlem. He didn’t offer many specifics.
“Derrick Rose is a great player,” Durant said of the Chicago-New York swap. “He’s an MVP of this league, someone we all respect in this league. I’m sure he’s excited about going to New York City, and experiencing a new chapter in his life, and as a fan of the game I’m excited to see him go there, and see how he does.”
As for whether the Knicks will get a free agency meeting with this summer’s big fish, Durant himself, the former MVP said, “We’ll see after I leave here. Like I said, I’ll talk to my people and we’ll figure things out. It’s three days away. We’ll see what happens. That’s all I can say.”
The one thing Durant was effusive about was the Thunder’s decision to trade away his longtime teammate, Serge Ibaka, to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis. And while Durant was careful to give Ibaka plenty of praise, he also seemed to be happy Oklahoma City acquired fellow D.C.-area native Oladipo.
“It’s a good move,” he said. “I like Oladipo. He’s a good buddy, a friend of mine, and I’m definitely going to miss playing with Serge. He contributed so much to our organization and to the city, and he’s a pioneer for what he’s done for us and it’s always going to be remembered in OKC what he’s done for the community and his hard work on the court, so we wish him the best.”
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