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Kevin Durant describes OKC's Serge Ibaka trade as a "good move"

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently in the midst of the most important period of their franchise's relatively short history.  

In the eight years since relocating from Seattle, the team has been able to call on the services of Kevin Durant and have seen him develop into one of the best players on the planet in front of their very eyes.

This summer, however, could realistically see the eight-year marriage between the two come to an end as the player enters free agency for the first time in his career. 

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Thunder fans will be fearing the worst from July 1 as KD has reportedly set up meetings with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and L.A. Clippers. 

OKC will also have a sit-down with the 2014 MVP as they hope to convince him to commit to the organisation. 

Though re-signing Durant is their number one priority, Oklahoma City is already planning for next season regardless of whether the small forward stays or not. 

On draft night, the franchise completed a shock trade to send big man Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic in return for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and rookie Domantas Sabonis. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game One

Ibaka, like Durant, was with the Thunder since they relocated from Seattle in 2008 and the duo were teammates for eight years. 

Many immediately wondered how the trade would affect the team's chances of keeping the four-time scoring champion after seeing his longtime teammate surprisingly shipped to Florida. 

Well, the 27-year-old has now had his say on the deal and luckily for OKC, they have nothing to fear.

"It's a good move," Durant told reporters, via The Oklahoman. "I like Oladipo. He's a good buddy, a friend of mine, and I'm definitely going to miss playing with Serge. He contributed so much to our organisation and to the city, and he's a pioneer for what he's done for us and it's always going to be remembered in OKC what he's done for the community and his hard work on the court, so we wish him the best."

Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

Serge was due to enter a contract year next season and the franchise decided to act quickly and secure some solid pieces to avoid losing him for free next summer.  

Despite parting with one of the league's premier shot-blockers - he was the NBA's blocks leader in 2012 and 2013 - the decision was probably made easier by the emergence of Steven Adams as a force on both ends of the floor, particularly in the playoffs.

The addition of Oladipo, however, is certainly a positive move for them as he'll provide more scoring off the bench and can form a dynamic offensive backcourt with Russell Westbrook when they need buckets. 

Having just completed his third year in the league, the 24-year-old averaged 16 points, 3.9 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game and similar numbers like that will give OKC a huge boost for their second unit.

The future of Dion Waiters is also up in the air as he'll become a restricted free agent later this week, which makes the Oladipo deal even more important.

But all the focus in Oklahoma City - and the entire league - will centre on what the future holds for Durant, who is easily the biggest free agent since LeBron James in 2010. It will be fascinating to see how it unfolds.

Topics:
NBA
Western Conference
Serge Ibaka
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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