Oklahoma is so keen in keeping Kevin Durant that even the state’s Governor is promising him a government position if he doesn’t leave.
According to the Tulsa World, during a question-and-answer session for the Oklahoma Press Association's annual convention on Saturday, Governor Mary Fallin stated that “Oklahoma loves Kevin Durant, and Kevin Durant loves Oklahoma. If he’ll stay, I’ll make him a Cabinet person for health and fitness on my Cabinet.”
The 27-year old will officially become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, which is the first day teams can legally engage with free agents. Durant averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists on 50.5 percent shooting this season and finished fifth in the league's MVP voting.
Since OKC’s elimination at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, many reports have stated that the 2014 MVP will leave the Thunder. ESPN says that Durant is widely expected to take a handful of face-to-face recruiting meetings with a select group of interested teams, with the Warriors and San Antonio Spurs regarded by many rival executives as the two biggest threats to lure Durant away from Oklahoma.
However, there is still a high chance that Durant will stay. According to USA Today, Durant made clear in his final post-game press conference that the two most important factors that will impact his decision are his teammates and the basketball environment—two factors that he says he has in Oklahoma City.
"The most important things for me are the type of people I'm going to be around every single day and if I'm enjoying playing basketball. That's the thing I really want to center everything around," Durant said. "I love my teammates here, I love playing basketball here. That's what's important to me. Obviously winning a championship is what we all want to do, but at the same time you want to be around good people, you want to be in a good environment, a good culture, so that's the most important to me.”
Durant was drafted by the Thunder back in 2007 when the franchise was still in Seattle as the Seattle Supersonics. Since then, he has led the team to six playoff appearances, with one finals appearance back in 2012.
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