Kevin Durant says he thought it was Oklahoma City's year

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are still licking their wounds after the Golden State Warriors staged an incredible comeback to book their place in the NBA Finals. 

Leading the series 3-1, the Thunder had the defending champions on the ropes. However, the Warriors came out fighting and big performances from Klay Thompson in game six and Stephen Curry in the decider saw them advance. 

After two huge blowout wins at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to hand themselves a two-game lead, Oklahoma City could have been excused for believing it was their time to end a long trophy drought. 

In fact, 2014 Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant had already begun to dream about what could be for the Thunder. After the game seven loss, he said: "I hate to [expletive] lose. It sucks. I thought it was our year but sometimes it doesn't pan out that way."

Many people had agreed with KD and were quick to write off Golden State after four games. However, they showed their true championship grit to drag themselves out a tight spot and set up a repeat of last year's Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

For the Thunder, their attention turns to the imminent free agency period and the future of their seven-time All-Star small forward. 

The questions about Durant's free agency seemed more straightforward when it looked likely the Thunder would be making their first appearance in the Finals since 2012. However, following their collapse, the future doesn't seem so simple. 

There was enough on show during the Western Conference Finals to suggest the Thunder can continue to be a serious challenger, but at 27 Durant is pursuing titles. 

Can the Thunder really go that step further and win it all? Is Durant willing to take that risk?

There are reports that the Warriors would be interested in pursuing KD themselves, while the San Antonio Spurs are also potential suitors. There are also a number of Eastern Conference organisations that could tempt the four-time scoring champion to make the leap across the United States. 

Whatever happens, it's time for Durant to make a decision. In his post-game press conference, he said he had not given it a second's thought. That is probably true, but given it was just 30 minutes after their elimination, it was not the time to talk about his next move. 

The odds are that KD has thought at length about what he plans to do over the summer, and there will be a number franchises eagerly awaiting his decision. 

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