Kevin Durant gets unusual offer from Oklahoma governor if he re-signs with Thunder
Kevin Durant isn't technically a free agent yet. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar doesn't hit the open market until July 1, but that doesn't mean the recruiting pitches haven't begun.
One of the more unusual ones was made by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who said she would want Durant to join her Cabinet if he re-signs with OKC.
"If Kevin Durant thinks about leaving, which I hope he doesn't -- Oklahoma loves Kevin Durant and Kevin Durant loves Oklahoma," Fallin said. "But if he'll stay, I'll make him a Cabinet person for health and fitness on my Cabinet."
Durant has spent his entire nine-year career with the organization after being drafted No. 2 overall in 2007, when the team was in Seattle. Fallin believes the Thunder -- and in large part Durant -- have put the city on the map and would hate to see the superstar leave.
"The Thunder did a great job promoting Oklahoma and getting through the playoffs and almost there," Fallin said. "Very, very proud of the Thunder. It was such an exciting time, put Oklahoma on the map every night. It was so fun to see us on national and international TV."
The Thunder became the 10th team to blow a 3-1 series lead in NBA history, falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
Multiple teams have been rumored to have interest in Durant -- including the Wizards, Heat and even the defending champion Warriors. Many believe Durant will re-sign with the Thunder on a two-year deal with an opt-out for second year, giving him the ability next summer to hit the open market, where he could earn a max deal in the neighborhood of $200 million.