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Durant has withdrawn from Team USA ahead of this summer's FIBA World Cup, citing physical and mental fatigue, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Durant apparently felt the physical and mental wear from this past season was too taxing to continue with Team USA this summer. In a statement released by Durant, the reigning MVP expressed that he "could not fulfill his responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint." While Durant rests for the upcoming NBA season, Team USA will be tasked with winning this summer's World Cup without its best player in the fold.

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In an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter Kevin Durant said he's deleting Twitter from his phone.

He added he wasn't joking and said it was a distraction from playing ball. Durant also had his phone hacked before, so that probably was a factor, as well. The talk of Durant going back to his home town of Washington, DC has increased this week due to LeBron James and that will likely continue until the summer of 2016.

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Kevin Durant is from the Washington, D.C. area and addressed rumors about him playing for the Wizards when his contract is up in two years.

Durant gave the standard "I play for the Thunder and have not thought that far ahead" answer to begin with, but also addressed the situation head on. "I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant said. "That whole city is a part of me. It's in my blood. I love going back home, seeing my family and playing there, but I love Oklahoma City, too." Durant went on to say that "everybody's" asked him about a return to D.C., adding "I'm not going to sit here and act like I'm na‹ve to the fact that people think about that stuff." But the bottom line is that this decision is a couple years away and it will likely depend on the state of both the Thunder, the Wizards and other teams when it's time for him to decide. But it does sound like there's a very real chance Durant could make a run for the Wizards two years from now.

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Kevin Durant said his commitment to Team USA stems from wanting to play as much basketball as he can.

Even though the reigning NBA MVP is only 25 years old, he is making sure he maximizes his hoops window. "My basketball life is short in the grand scheme of things. I want to play as much as I can." Durant will enter the 2014-15 season as the consensus No. 1 overall fantasy pick and will use this summer's World Cup of Basketball as a springboard to hit the ground running for the start of the NBA season.

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Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant could wind up back in the Washington D.C. area.

Williams' thoughts on Durant are just idle summer chatter, but the former Terrapins head coach thinks Durant could sign with the Wizards when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016. "One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant's watching that very close," Williams said on a radio interview last week. "He's seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area." We'll chalk this one up to summer conjecturing for now, but if Williams is correct, the Wizards have two seasons to prove to Durant that he can win in D.C.

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The NBA will be placing a golden stripe on the back of jerseys for the 2014-15 season to honor the franchises that have won championships, however, the Thunder organization has elected to not wear the patch commemorating Seattle's 1979 title run.

The Seattle SuperSonics won a title in 1979, however the franchise has since been relocated and renamed in Oklahoma City. "As of right now, they are not wearing it," said Christopher Arena - the NBA's vice president of outfitting, identity and equipment. "We have several teams who have a lineage that exists prior to the city that they're in... Some teams embrace that past, some teams don't. Whether it's because of ownership changes or perhaps the lineage is too great of a distance or the team nickname changed or whatever it may be, that's their decision."

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Kevin Durant said he's a littler bigger and stronger already this summer.

Apparently, KD is heeding the advice of Kendrick Perkins, who said Durant should consider lifting weights this offseason. The reigning MVP was an offensive powerhouse and was phenomenal at the rim, so he really doesn't even need to bulk up. Plus, he's missed just two games in the last three season. Durant will be a free agent in the summer of 2016, so that should be fun.

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Kendrick Perkins said that Kevin Durant should considering lifting weights this offseason.

"I feel like he could get stronger, in my opinion," Perkins said. "I think that would help him a lot. I told him all the good and great players that played the game, from Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, they all put size on them, and it helped them." Unlike Perkins, Durant won MVP last year with his wiry frame, so there's really no need for KD to change his game at all. Plus, he's also missed just two games in the last three season.

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Kevin Durant said on Twitter that Kawhi Leonard has been "doing work like this because of the system."

He mentioned that Paul George would be better on the Spurs than Kawhi has been, as well. Scott Brooks hasn't really had much of a need to develop a system since two of his players ranked as the top two players in usage rate this season. Brooks will be back next season and KD will be the first pick in standard fantasy drafts again.

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Kevin Durant is still leading the 2014 playoffs in scoring.

Durant currently has a 46 point lead on LeBron James, and if San Antonio closes out Miami in Game 5, and LeBron scores under 46 points, Durant could become just the third player in league history to have led the postseason in scoring without reaching the Finals. So who are the other guys to have accomplished this feat? Michael Jordan (1989, 1990) and Elgin Baylor (1961).