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2016 NBA free agency rumor: How will the Thunder's Serge Ibaka trade affect the Warriors' pursuit of Kevin Durant?

The Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic during the NBA Draft. So what does that mean for Kevin Durant's free agency?

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Among the bombshell news items in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft was the Oklahoma City Thunder's trade of Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic.

There's going to be ongoing debate about whether that was a good trade for either team, but we're not interested in that — we're a Golden State Warriors site. Obviously, the one thing that comes to the minds of Warriors fans when seeing that trade: what does it mean for the pursuit of free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant?

The big question to answer in terms of how this will affect the Warriors is simple: what does Durant think about the deal?

Well after a wait that seemed like centuries in internet time, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman tweeted that this has no bearing on Durant's free agency decision.

Yet while that may be true, there might be a reason to believe that Durant would like the deal: he once compared Victor Oladipo, a principal piece in that trade, to Dwyane Wade, according to Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

So what does the Thunder's trade mean for the Warriors? Not much, aside from the fact that it takes away an advantage the Thunder had in the 2016 Western Conference Finals.