Durant doesn’t support taking NBA offer
Kevin Durant(notes) isn’t sure whether he’ll attend the Players Association’s meeting to discuss the latest labor proposal from NBA owners Monday in New York. But he does know he’s not in favor of accepting the offer.
“I know it’s not a good one,” Durant said of the proposal. “It’s not the one that we want. …If it’s not a good deal, I don’t see why we should take it, especially this late.”
Durant’s concerns about the NBA’s offer are the same as those of several players: The proposed system changes would restrict player movement, particularly when it involves teams that cross the luxury-tax threshold.
If the labor impasse isn’t resolved, Durant said he could sign a contract next week to play overseas. He’s weighing offers from Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, Valencia in Spain and BBC Bayreuth in Germany. Any deal Durant signs would include an opt-out clause that allows him to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends.
Nevertheless, Durant also isn’t sure whether it’s the right time for players to push to decertify the union.
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“I talked to my agent [Aaron Goodwin] about it,” Durant said. “I heard it’s not a good idea to do that. But I got to look into it a little bit more.”
Durant thinks there’s a “50-50” chance the NBA will have a 2011-12 season.
“I have optimism, but of course everyone else around me is nervous,” Durant said. “Hopefully, something comes up. But as of right now it’s slow. Hopefully, things will pick up. We will see what happens.
“I wish we could go out there and play, but it’s much more difficult than that.”
No NBA star has been more visible during the lockout than Durant, who has played in a long list of exhibition games. After Howard’s game, he expects to play in an exhibition for the John Lucas(notes) Foundation on Nov. 20 Houston.
“I’m paying for all my flights and my hotel rooms for me and my brothers, and going out there and playing,” Durant said. “I really am paying to play. …[But] I like playing. It’s a joy playing in front of the fans.”
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