Earlier this week LeBron James opted out of his contract, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. This means he can return to the Miami Heat or sign with a different team.
So what does 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant think of this news?
“I don’t know what the big deal is,” Durant said Wednesday at an event promoting the release of his new Nike shoes, the KD7. “As a player, I think that’s the best way to go about it. You have all your options. It’s better for you as a player to opt out. You can get a bigger deal, get more years, you never know what happens. If you opt in, you pass up on that.
“I didn’t know what the big deal was. I’m sure it was a decision that he made, something that he was thinking about for him and his family.”
Durant is under contract in Oklahoma City through June 30, 2016, but doesn’t know what he’ll do after that. But he doesn’t think the criticism James gets for testing the waters is fair.
“He switched teams. He’s not the first guy to do it. He decided to opt out. He’s not the first guy to do it,” Durant said. “Sometimes a lot of people criticize him for doing normal things. Tim Duncan went into free agency before and he got courted by a few teams. We’ll see what happens with me, but everybody has done the same thing and he’s not the first.”
Aside from NBA news, Durant has been keeping up with the World Cup.
“I never watched soccer — or futbol – until the World Cup and I fell in love with it,” he said. “I can’t wait to watch the next game, the next match. I’ve been a big fan of it. It’s so exciting, just racing up the field and them just trying to attempt a shot. That’s exciting.
“I’m pulling for the U.S. to win the next match, so we’ll see.”
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SOURCE: USA Today