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It sounded too good to be true. MORE: Ranking the 25 best NBA stars to change teams in their prime.Weeks after Kevin Durant made the biggest free-agent move since LeBron James decided to return to the Cavs and left the Thunder to join the rival Warriors, an even juicier tidbit about the signing emerged. According to ESPN's Royce Young, Durant told his running mate, All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, he would re-sign with Oklahoma City. Turns Cheap NBA Jerseys out, that never happened. Young wrote Wednesday he "misspoke" during a TrueHoop podcast a day earlier and wound up misleading the public. Young wrote he was attempting to convey the general feelings of Westbrook and others who met with Durant earlier this summer after teams pitched the four-time NBA scoring champion. Essentially, he put words in Durant's mouth.Young said in the podcast that Durant told Westbrook, "Hey, I'm coming back, man. Don't worry about it.'"Durant didn't utter those Golden State Warriors Jerseys words exactly, Young wrote. Many will write Durant off as a front-running traitor, and his addition to a Golden State roster that already included Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be the talk of the 2016-17 season, but at least he isn't a bold-face liar.
The only person enjoying the summer '16 more than J.R. Smith is Drake, but amid all the drama of the rapper's beef with Joe Budden even that is debatable. It's all Stephen Curry Shoes love for young Earl Joseph Smith III. In June, he popped bottles and discarded his shirt for days after helping the Cavs win their first NBA championship, Cleveland first pro sports title in 52 years. Now, he's a married man (You might remember his unique proposal), making it two rings in one summer. That's not a bad haul for the New Jersey native. Never one to conform to conventional social norms, Mr. "When In Doubt Shoot the Ball," Chicago Bulls Jerseys didn't immediately whisk his bride away to some exotic locale to celebrate their union. Instead, they kicked it at the mall the day after tying the knot. We're sure the expensive vacation is coming, but these two look pleased as punch just enjoying each other's company wherever they are. Ain't love grand?
While a number of NBA players prove themselves as stars on the rise every season, others begin to decline.MORE: Which players are ready to break out Anthony Davis Jerseys next season?It's a natural progression for athletes in any sport. As they get older, they start to lose some of the athleticism needed to keep up with players starting their careers or entering their primes. However, there are other situations that can also come into play. A crowded rotation, for example, can take away opportunities one needs to make their impact. So, too, can a system or overall lack of talent make an environment more toxic than it NBA Jerseys needs to be.With that in mind, let's take a look at the eight players who are destined to decline in the 2016-17 NBA season for one reason or another.