It would appear that Kevin Durant still has a special place for the Oklahoma City Thunder in his heart despite leaving the franchise earlier this month.
The newest member of the Golden State Warriors took time out to speak about the latest player to sign with the OKC despite heading for pastures new and leaving some bad blood behind. There was even images of Durant's old Thunder jerseys being burned by fans in the wake of his departure.
The Thunder signed Spanish guard Alex Abrines on Saturday, finally securing the player they selected with the 32nd pick of the 2013 draft.
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Terms of the deal weren't announced, but it was reported to be three years at around $18 million.
The 6'6" Abrines Spanish international averaged 8.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 37 games last season for FC Barcelona. Interestingly, though, he shot 41.7 percent from three-point range in EuroLeague play to suggest he could make the transition to the NBA.
Durant had a shootaround with the 22-year-old when the Thunder first secured him and he has some positive memories of the youngster's talents.
"I remember he was a really good shooter, athletic," Durant said this week in Las Vegas, where he was practicing with Team USA.
"I think he's gonna be a really great player for them," he added.
Abrines is the last piece of the James Harden trade, as the Thunder drafted him with the pick they received from Houston. Their new guard will be suiting up for Spain in Rio this summer at the Olympics, so Thunder fans will get a first look at their new man in the coming weeks.