The NBA is yet to release its regular-season schedule, but small tidbits are starting to leak, none more important to Thunder fans than the one ESPN's Marc Stein just reported:
Story going online now: League sources say Oklahoma City is tentatively scheduled to play host to Kevin Durant for the first time on Feb. 11— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 8, 2016
It's a bit later in the season than many would have hoped for Durant to make his return to Oklahoma City, but that doesn't mean the game happens on a meaningless night.
Judging from the date, we can make an educated guess that the Feb. 11 match would be the first of the NBA's Saturday evening ABC games, a tradition that started this past season. The NFL's and college football's seasons will be over by then and the NBA will be getting ready to head into its All-Star break.
Feb. 11 won't be the first time the Warriors and Thunder meet, as long as the schedule stays as is. The Thunder and Warriors are "tentatively scheduled" to play for the first time Nov. 3 in Oakland, Stein reports.
Changes to the 2016-17 schedule are still possible with the league expected to release the full regular-season slate within the next week or so.
Durant left the Thunder to sign with the Warriors last month, nine years after the Thunder, then Sonics, selected him with the second pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.