Northwest Notes: Durant, Wolves, Thunder

More than a year after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State, Kevin Durant can’t seem to escape the drama that came with that decision. As Weston Shepherd of Daily Thunder outlines, a pair of tweets sent from Durant’s Twitter account earlier this week suggested that the star forward “didn’t like the [Thunder] organization or playing for Billy Donovan” and that OKC’s roster wasn’t talented enough to win a championship.

While those tweets were sent from Durant’s account, they referred to him in the third person, so it’s possible that someone with access to his Twitter published them without realizing which handle he was using. The tweets were quickly deleted, but there has been no explanation from KD, which may be a sign that his(?) comments on the Thunder weren’t far off the mark.

Here’s more from around the Northwest:

  • Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News passes along a couple updates from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, tweeting that Taylor has spoken personally to Dante Cunningham and is waiting on the forward’s free agent decision. Wolfson adds that Nemanja Bjelica believes he’s ready to go after suffering a broken foot last season, but the club will take things slow with him in camp.
  • The Thunder don’t yet have recovery timelines for Alex Abrines and Patrick Patterson, who are dealing with knee injuries, but both players are making progress, as Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman details.
  • While Shabazz Napier is one of 21 fourth-year players eligible for a rookie scale extension, he’s not a great candidate for a new deal. As Joe Freeman of The Oregonian writes, Napier is “little more than an insurance policy” for the Trail Blazers this season, and will have a hard time earning extended minutes.
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4 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Durant, Wolves, Thunder

  1. Napier: this is what happens when a great player (Bron Bron) tries to be a GM. See Michael Jordan.

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    • LordBanana

      1. LeBron wasn’t on the team when they drafted him
      2. LeBron has won 3 rings while being “accused” of being the GM, that’s pretty good isn’t it?

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      • Grant

        1. Lebron was a FA and said he liked Napier’S game so the Heat drafted him as a show of faith to lebron
        2. Napier won a national championship so its not like he wasn’t going to get drafted

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        • x%sure

          Won 2! 2011, 2014.
          He was a valid #24 pick… though James did not actually recommend that. If I recall he advocated a player in his first Cavs run, Shannon Brown, who did not do much until he utilized his athleticism on defense and, of course, left Cleveland. I see Napier made 2.3 steals per 46’… a trend?

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