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Oklahoma governor offers Kevin Durant a cabinet post to stay with the Thunder

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With July 1 fast approaching the attention of the basketball world will soon be switching to free agency.

It is a crucial period for a number of teams as they seek to make that marquee acquisition that can put them among the league's elite. 

There's no doubt who the most coveted free agent is this year; his name is Kevin Durant. But I'm sure you all knew that already.

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KD's impending free agency has been common knowledge throughout the season and will garner much of the column inches as the weeks progress. 

The 2014 MVP will be one of the best players to ever hit the open market in the league and certainly the most high-profile superstar since LeBron James in 2010.

With the spike in the salary cap due to the league's improved television deal, almost every team in the league can make a run for Durant. 

The likes of the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, L.A. Lakers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics are all believed to be pursuing the small forward. 

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However, it isn't out of the question that the seven-time All-Star remains in Oklahoma City. He stands to make the biggest salary if he stays with the franchise he's played with throughout his nine-year career. 

He has a special affinity with the city and they are, of course, desperate to see him stay. The desire to see Durant remain in Oklahoma runs so deep that it has now seen politicians get involved. 

Speaking at the Oklahoma Press Association's annual convention on Saturday, Governor Mary Fallin said she would be willing to give Durant a government post if he decided to re-sign with the Thunder.

"If Kevin Durant thinks about leaving, which I hope he doesn't -- Oklahoma loves Kevin Durant, and Kevin Durant loves Oklahoma. But if he'll stay, I'll make him a Cabinet person for health and fitness on my Cabinet," Fallin said, according to the Tulsa World.

It will certainly be the strangest offer he'll receive all summer that's for sure. There isn't a single team in the NBA that can make an offer of that nature.

But it remains to be seen whether the guarantee of a future in politics is something that could sway the 27-year-old when making the biggest decision of his career.

It is widely regarded that the most likely scenario will see Durant return to the Thunder on a two-year max contract, with a player option in 2017. 

Having guided OKC to within one win of the NBA Finals this year, it would come as a surprise if he opted to leave one of the most talented teams in the league at this stage. 

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