Dirk Nowitzki has predicted Kevin Durant will re-sign with the OKC Thunder this summer

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The summer of Kevin Durant is definitely in session. Between thoughts of a potential blowout in the NBA Finals and who will suit up for Team USA at the Olympics, Durant fever is blowing through the league as the small forward approaches free agency.

Will the Washington-native head home and link up with former coach Scott Brooks at the Wizards? Will he head to the most successful franchise in NBA history and don the green of the Boston Celtics? Will the Golden State Warriors move heaven and high water to bring him to the Oracle Arena? Will Durant like the look of the young Lakers core and filling the shoes of Kobe Bryant?

There are so many questions surrounding KD's future it just makes fascinating reading. Ultimately, with so many options, nobody can guarantee what the Oklahoma City Thunder star will do when it comes time to make a decision.

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However, that hasn't stopped a few from speculating.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki was asked by Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram what he thought the chances were of Durant landing at the American Airlines Center, and the big German was realistic about their chances.

"That's a tough one," Nowitzki said when asked if Dallas could get Durant. "You'd love to think so. I'm just not sure how realistic that is.''

He went on to tell Price that he believed if they had secured DeAndre Jordan last summer - who is fresh off a season where he received All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Defensive First Team honours -they would have stood a greater chance.

"He wants to play to win," Nowitzki said, via ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "He's got a great group of guys there in OKC. They've got everything going. They've got youth, they've got talent, they've got athleticism. He's got a superstar player next to him. They're loaded where he's at."

The 37-year-old Nowitzki has spent all 18 years of his NBA career with Mark Cuban's Mavericks and knows something about the value of staying out. Yes, Durant has already spent nine years with the Thunder, but it took 13 years for Nowitzki to win his one and only NBA title with Dallas.

Could Durant be a one-team player through his career? There's every bit of evidence to suggest he might, most of which, Nowitzki summarised pretty well.

The Thunder will want to tie him down and Durant can stand to make the most money by staying where he is. After taking a trip to the Western Conference Finals this year, if he did stay, it clearly wouldn't be purely about the money because the Thunder are competing.

With Russell Westbrook's deal up next summer, don't be surprised if Durant signs a two-year deal with a player option in the second year so the pair can explore their options together.

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