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NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Sets Ultimatum For OKC; PF Sets Rules To Stay in Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter Team

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the verge of losing one of the best - if not their most valuable - players in their roster. As the free agency deadline of Kevin Durant looms nearer, the basketball team has yet to find a way to convince him to stay with the squad. With the likes of the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers threatening to snag him off the Russell Westbrook squad, the Oklahoma team must look for ways to keep Durant interested in playing for them.
Feb 28, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the verge of losing one of the best - if not their most valuable - players in their roster. As the free agency deadline of Kevin Durant looms nearer, the basketball team has yet to find a way to convince him to stay with the squad. With the likes of the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers threatening to snag him off the Russell Westbrook squad, the Oklahoma team must look for ways to keep Durant interested in playing for them.

According to the rumor mill, Durant issued an ultimatum to the Oklahoma City Thunder. That is, the Dion Waiters squad should make it to the Finals to keep the 2014 NBA MVP in the team. At present, the Oklahoma City Thunder are at third place in the Western Conference. If the rumored ultimatum is true, then the Westbrook squad must beat the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. Hence, Durant and his squad should find ways to get pass the likes of Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green.

"According to sources, @JoelMeyersNBA states that if the#Thunder don't make #NBA Finals, Kevin Durant will leave," posted Sirius XM NBA Radio, referring to an interview with Joel Meyers. The NBA sportscaster further noted, "And to the point where he [Durant] may want his own team. So everybody is talking about Golden State, there may be other teams coming into the equation for Kevin Durant. Where he's the principal, he's going to be the priority, he's going to be THE guy. So from what I've been told, it may not be Golden State after all."

The idea of Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder roster is not a farfetched one. In his earlier comments regarding the issue, the basketball star shared that he is on the lookout for opportunities that could improve his game and allow him to grow as an athlete. He added that he is open to all the offers.

"I like the fact that our game is growing," shared Durant via USA Today. He added, "That's my whole thing, just to grow the game of basketball and leave my mark on it. You could just look it as a positive thing, that our game is growing and you can be able to do whatever you want as an owner, a (general manager) as a player, and ultimately that's what you want: to make a decision on your own and to make a decision that makes you happy. That makes everything just wide open at this point."

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