Even in the thick of a tightly contested playoff series, Kevin Durant can’t escape rumors about his impending free agency.

Earlier this morning, it was reported that the San Antonio Spurs, the team Durant and his Thunder are currently playing in Western Conference’s second round, are intrigued by KD and plan to pursue him this summer.

As the buzz swept across the NBA community, point guard Tony Parker was asked by an ESPN reporter about the proposition of Durant joining the Spurs during a shootaround prior to Game 3.

His response was very professional.

“Out of respect, we should not talk about that right now,” said Parker. “We’re playing against them, so I think that’s something after the season we can talk about.”

A very smart and classy gesture on Parker’s part. The focus for both sides of this series should be solely on the games themselves, and not Durant’s future past it.

Parker did a good job defusing the question while avoiding rustling anybody’s feathers on Oklahoma City. Obviously Parker, or any member of the Spurs, would love to play alongside KD in San Antonio, but there’s no need to discuss that at a time like this.

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