Kevin Durant insists he hasn't given his future any thought ahead of free agency

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Kevin Durant is the biggest unrestricted free agent going this summer and one could argue, given his age and pedigree, he's one of the biggest names to hit the market ever.

As soon as the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals last night, it didn't take long for attentions to turn to the 2014 MVP's future.

The 27-year-old, who has spent his entire career with OKC thus far, was too busy hurting from his team's loss to give his future any serious thought.

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"I mean, we just lost like 30 minutes ago, so I haven't even thought about it," Durant said during his news conference after OKC's 96-88 loss to the Warriors. "I'm just embracing my teammates and just reflecting on the season. I'll think about that stuff, I don't know when. But we just lost an hour ago, 30 minutes ago, so I don't know."

Effectively, Durant has a few options. He could sign a five-year contract worth a projected $149 million if he opts to stay put and return to Oklahoma City this summer. If he moved elsewhere, the best he could hope for is $111 million.

Another intriguing option for Durant this summer - and something LeBron James has somewhat mastered - is to sign either a one-year deal or go for two years with a player option on the second season. With the cap continuing to rise and Durant reaching a decade of experience - meaning he would be eligible for the highest level of a max contract - he could cash in the following summer.

Should KD pursue that avenue, he could make a projected $228 million over the next six seasons if he stays in Oklahoma City. He could make up to $176 million over five years if he leaves the Thunder, either this summer or in 2017.

In essence, it depends on whether Durant believes he could win a title elsewhere. If money was his primary motivator, surely he would just stay.

However, as upsetting as losing at the very final hurdle before the NBA Finals is, the small forward did reserve special praise for his organisation's efforts this year.

"We're all upset. We wanted to get a chance to play for a championship in the Finals, so that hurts.

"But when you sit down and look back at what happened throughout the season, you can be proud of not just the players, but everybody in the organisation, from the top to the bottom people that you guys don't know or ever see contribute to what we bring out on the court. That's just pride, effort, passion, love for the game.

"Pure love for the game every single night, and that comes from just walking into our practice facility every single day and feeling those vibes and feeling that energy from everyone. I'm just proud of what we've all been through this season. We stuck together and we sacrificed for each other. That's just what makes this game so special."

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