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Feb 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 96-81. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant rumors: Teams have two years to impress Durant

The rumors surrounding Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and his free agency in 2016 are going to continue to heat up over the next two years. Plenty of teams, including the Thunder, his home-town Washington Wizards, the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks will all be in the mix.

Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes teams have two years to impress Durant so it would be difficult to make any prediction besides saying the Thunder have the early advantage.

It’s important to remember that there are still two full seasons to play until he can hit free agency. That’s two chances for the Thunder to win the title, two chances for the Wizards to further establish themselves as a team on the rise in the East, two chances for the Lakers to get their act together, etc. So basically, it’s impossible to make an accurate prediction right now, other than to say that OKC would seem to have a natural leg up, given their ability to pay him more under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Obviously the Thunder have a leg up like Myron says ad if they are able to win a title in the next two years, it’s hard to see Durant going anywhere.

Durant averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50.3% from the floor, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 87.3% from the charity stripe during the regular season. Then, he averaged 29.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 46.0% from the field, 34.4.1% from beyond the arc and 81.0% from the free throw line in the postseason. In his career, he’s averaged 27.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 47.9% from the field, 37.7% from three and 88.2% from the field.

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