By Josh Dhani

Right now in the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant might be the league's most beloved player. There's nothing right now that anybody can say that makes the young star look bad.

Way back then, LeBron James had that same exact asset in the league, but lost all of that when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat in 2010. Even with two rings, he's still hated by a good majority of the fanbase in the NBA.

Durant could face a similar fate.

KD recently signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports to be his new sports agency, and many are already tossing up rumors. As you all may know, Oklahoma City is a small market. As a matter of fact, it's the second-smallest in the NBA. With that, many think Durant would leave OKC to join a bigger market and expand his brand under the influence of Roc Nation Sports.

Not so fast there, Durant says.

Durant has no plans on moving on from Loud City, and says he is content with the Thunder franchise right now.

“I like where I’m at right now. I enjoy playing for OKC. As of today, I love it there, man. I want to be there. I love the fans, I love my team, I love everything about the city. I don’t have any plans to move.”

Durant signed a max deal with the Thunder a few years ago, and it is set to expire in 2016. In all honesty, there is a chance Durant could leave. I've said it before and I'll say it again, he won't be able to win a championship without Russell Westbrook and other key pieces.

Losing James Harden was a big blow to the Thunder, and they realized that last season. However, OKC has three more seasons to prove their worth to Durant. In that time, Durant will be entering his major prime years by 2016, and could be influenced to leave if nothing improves.

Then again, that is so long from now, and the sky's the limit for the next three seasons with OKC. Who knows?

But let's admit that things are shaping up for Durant to become the NBA's poster child now. He's already become the face of USA Basketball. He already has a ton of scoring titles on his back, and all there is left is to continue rack up more All-Star appearances, along with gaining his first MVP award.

It's only a matter time before LeBron James starts to wear down into his mid-30s and Durant becomes the new No. 1 player in the league.

That time may be 2016, but if Kevin Durant is still ringless, I wouldn't be surprised seeing him wear No. 35 for another NBA franchise. 


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