Kevin Durant to be traded?
With the arrival of a more dominant Russell Westbrook, there are rumblings and rumors of the Oklahoma City Thunder possibly wanting to trade their other all-star, Kevin Durant. It has been argued about on First Take on ESPN, and has grown in size on social media, like most sports rumors do. And for those that believe everything they read on the internet, there are articles suggesting a trade is already in the works.
That brings up the question: Should the Thunder trade their MVP, Kevin Durant?
With the possibility of gaining an insane amount of draft picks, along with an above average player in return, I can see why it is being said that the Thunder will explore a trade of Kevin Durant. But, why would you want to trade the face of the franchise (Westbrook is as well), just because Westbrook has looked like the Terminator during the last six weeks? It would open up a big number in cap space, but the NBA salary cap is supposed to increase dramatically for the 2015-2016 season. This could be a factor in the trade, but it could also be viewed as a better way for the Thunder to sign him to a max contract.
In my opinion, the Thunder should do all that they can to prove to Kevin Durant that he should stay with Westbrook and the Thunder. Yes, a championship has yet to be won by them, but management did improve the roster and supporting cast around Durant at the trade deadline. This shows that they are in “win now” mode, and are taking a proactive approach to better the Thunder before Durant’s contract year arrives.
Another reason why they should not trade Kevin Durant–his stats. In his career, Durant has averaged 27.3 PPG, 6.9 REB, 3.5 AST, 1.0 BLK, and 1.2 STL. He is an MVP, and is also a three-time all-star, along with helping the Oklahoma City Thunder run into a dominant force in the last few years. The Thunder are in a fight for their playoff lives, but as I’ve said before, I think they will get in and should advance.
Even though the rumors have begun to surround the Thunder and Durant, GM Sam Presti says that KD is not going anywhere, and that the team would never trade a player that has meant so much to their franchise.
Presti has always been an honest presence for the Thunder, and I believe him on this issue. This situation is far different from that of the San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh, and most people would side with the words coming from the general manager of the Thunder than that of a former NBA executive in Tom Penn.
Mr. Presti, for the sake of all Oklahoma City Thunder fans around the world and the franchise, you had better keep the face of the Thunder in Oklahoma City for the duration of his career. A championship will be had if you do, trust me.
Dustin Brown covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.