Earlier this month, the basketball world lauded LeBron James for deciding to return home to Ohio to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers following four successful seasons with the Miami Heat.
James' homecoming naturally led to discussions about whether other elite NBA players would entertain similiar ideas. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant's contract expires in 2016, and the reigning MVP from Washington, D.C. was recently asked whether he would follow James' lead in two years.
"I grew up taking the train to that arena, all the time, to watch Georgetown, the Bullets, the Washington Mystics," Durant said. " That whole city is a part of me. It's in my blood. I love going back home, seeing my family and playing there, but I love Oklahoma City too."
"I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant told reporters in Las Vegas following a USA Basketball training camp session. "It's hard to talk about that right now when I've got two years left in Oklahoma City. I'm just going to focus on that. I'm not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.
As the ESPN article notes, Durant has close ties to his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, even beginning his MVP acceptance speech with a reference to his home: "I come from a small county outside of Washington, D.C., called P.G. County."
Durant avoided making any sort of commitment, but he didn't necessarily shut down the idea either.
"Look, we going to put it out on tape," Durant said. "It's been talked about. Everybody's asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I'm not going to sit here and act like I'm naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I'm here in Oklahoma City, [and] I love it here. Who knows what will happen? I never close the door on anything. But I like where I'm at right now, so I can't answer that question."
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