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Kevin Durant was just part of a historic collapse, as his team blew a 3-1 advantage vs. the Warriors in the West finals.
So what does the Thunder star do next?
Well, the first step is to become the NBA’s most prized free agent this offseason.
Beyond that, it’s hard to tell.
Durant will certainly be coveted. Opposing teams will certainly make some enticing pitches.
But the Thunder are the only franchise Durant has ever known. He is worshiped in Oklahoma City, the city’s No. 1 sports son.
And while Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder just choked, they could have revenge on their minds next season. With everyone back, this team could learn from and be determined to overcome its heartbreaking run.
For now, Durant will leave everything open to speculation.
“We just lost like 30 minutes ago,” he said after the Thunder’s Game 7 loss. “I haven’t even thought about it. I’m just embracing my teammates and reflecting on the season.”
That makes sense. It would be a bad business decision for Durant to tell everyone what he’s doing next. He may not even know.
It seems like a safe bet he’ll take the biggest money and return to the Thunder. This team as is can still go places. Durant understands that.
But until we know for sure … well, we won’t know anything at all.