The former Texas Longhorns basketball one-and-done star Kevin Durant is looking to make a March return to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After all that happened between the former Texas Longhorns basketball standout forward Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder a few years back, there’s still some bad blood between the two parties. This return for the Golden State Warriors superstar to Oklahoma City isn’t to play for them, obviously, but he is going back for a memorable jersey retirement ceremony. That retirement ceremony Kevin Durant will be a part of is for the ultra-reliable long-time Thunder forward Nick Collison.
Kevin Durant going back to Oklahoma City is sure to draw some boos and hate from the home crowd, but this is a sign of progress for the relationship between the two. At least the relations between him and his former teammates is a bond that remained strong.
According to various reports from USA Today, the former Thunder standout forward Serge Ibaka is “happy” that Kevin Durant is returning for Collison’s jersey retirement ceremony. This is finally some positive news coming from the Warriors superstar Kevin Durant following a few months of off-the-court distractions that took away from his play on the court.
This season, Kevin Durant is an MVP contender that is posting some huge numbers and looking to make another title run with the Warriors. He’s also playing for potential suitors for the upcoming off-season as he could be on the way out from the Warriors.
Amid all the rumors and talks that he could be a member of a major market team like the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers next season, Kevin Durant now gets the shot at slowing down and paying tribute to a long-time former teammate. Collison played alongside Durant for nearly a decade with both the Thunder and Seattle SuperSonics. It wasn’t until the end of the 2017-18 season that Collison finally decided to “hang-em up” after a career of playing more than a dozen years in the NBA.
With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching and the news coming out about the New Orleans Pelicans star big man Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant kept himself in this news cycle by pitching his opinion. That could be something else he does that draws attention away from him setting the stage for a return to Oklahoma City.
However, NBA fans in general seem to be very much in favor of this move for him to go back to Oklahoma City for this March 20 jersey retirement ceremony. Collison wasn’t just a popular player for the Thunder and Sonics, he was respected across the entire league.