Kendrick Perkins 'wouldn't be surprised' if Kevin Durant returned to Thunder

Kendrick Perkins visited his old stomping grounds on Wednesday, attending the Oklahoma City Thunder’s shootaround and watching them beat the New York Knicks 106-105 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. In an interview with The Oklahoman, he said that he was surprised that his former teammate Kevin Durant left for the Golden State Warriors, casually adding that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Durant returned to the Thunder

I was. I was surprised. I thought maybe if he would have left, I thought he probably would have ended up back in D.C. or maybe even with the Spurs. That move, it surprised me just like it surprised everybody else. But like Kevin said – when I talked to him, he said he made a decision that made him happy. Obviously the Golden State Warriors must have made him feel wanted, like they wanted him. They must have done a hell of a job recruiting him and he just made a decision for himself. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he be back here in the near future. 

My first thought: Durant must be annoyed with his friend Perkins for this. The last thing he needs is to answer questions about potentially going back to Oklahoma City while he’s focused on winning a title with Golden State. Durant has already said that he plans to be with the Warriors for a long time, and even if he is open to the possibility of pulling a LeBron James after several seasons, he doesn’t need this to be a topic of conversation now.

The funny thing about this is that Perkins, who also said that Durant and Westbrook don’t really have any beef, made this prediction mere moments after admitting he thought the 2014 Most Valuable Player would sign with the Washington Wizards or the San Antonio Spurs. Durant didn’t even meet with the Wizards, so I’m not sure Perkins is as plugged-in to his thought process as he’s implying here. 

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James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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