By Walton Yeboah-Amoako @WaltYeboah on August 1, 2014
In two years, Kevin Durant will become an unrestricted free agent. He's originally from Washington, D.C., and the Washington Wizards definitely have him at the top of their priority list for the 2016 free agency period. If Durant leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder, he'll probably follow in LeBron James' recent footsteps and go home. However, Durant could do the old school thing and stay with his team. Here are five reasons for him to retire in OKC.
One team legends are rare to find in the NBA these days. Even Michael Jordan played for two teams. However, Kevin Durant could join the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade if he stays with the Thunder. He means a lot to that city, and even though the local paper has been critical of Durant from time to time, OKC loves him for his dedication and his giving spirit.
Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook are all in their mid-20s ,and OKC is one of the youngest teams in the NBA with only one player over the age of 30 in Nick Collison. OKC has a great young nucleus, and none of the young stars have even entered their prime yet. It would be hard to find young, talented teammates with lots of playoff experience anywhere else, and if Durant stays, OKC will be legitimate title contenders for many years.
It's hard to find a more passionate fanbase than the Oklahoma City Thunder fans. The fans provide a college-like atmosphere with their non-stop interest in the game and their uniformity. Kevin Durant could always find another team with the cap space to sign him, but there aren't too many cities that could match the year-round passion of OKC basketball. The Miami Heat's seasonal and situational White Hot fans are disqualified.
The "Slim Reaper" has a date with destiny and his time may be coming soon. With teams like the Spurs and the Lakers still trying to milk out the final moments with their elderly franchise players, something's gotta give. By 2016, the west could just have two real contenders: OKC and the L.A. Clippers. Kevin Durant might finally be in a position to reach the NBA Finals regularly and you can't win if you don't get there enough. Just look at LeBron.
When Seattle fans were stripped of their beloved Seattle SuperSonics, Oklahoma was the benefactor. Currently the Thunder have six retired numbers hanging in their rafters and they are all former SuperSonics greats. In my eyes, OKC is just the SuperSonics in blue uniforms, and if Durant leaves this team, it will be a double-slap in the face to a displaced franchise that appeared to be recovering well.
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