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Originally published June 15, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified June 15, 2007 at 2:02 AM

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Durant makes first trip to Seattle

Texas forward Kevin Durant is getting acclimated to what will likely be his new home. The consensus NCAA men's basketball player of the...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Texas forward Kevin Durant is getting acclimated to what will likely be his new home.

The consensus NCAA men's basketball player of the year, who is expected to be taken second in the June 28 NBA draft by the Sonics, is making his first trip to the Seattle area to work with Eric Hughes, the team's basketball-skills coach, and Tim Manson, a conditioning coach, at the Athletes Training Institute in Bellevue.

According to an NBA source, the 6-foot-9 Durant won't work out for the Sonics, but he may interview with team representatives.

Neither the Sonics nor Durant's agent Aaron Goodwin, could be reached for comment.

The team released a list of workouts with prospects. Former Garfield High School star Marcelus Kemp, a Nevada junior, and Sammy Mejia, a DePaul guard, worked out Thursday at the Furtado Center.

News of Durant's arrival quickly spread through basketball circles in Seattle, and he has been spotted around town. A league source confirmed that Washington freshman Spencer Hawes called the Durant camp and asked if he could join him in a workout.

Meanwhile, Durant is training with Hughes, a former UW men's basketball assistant.

Note

• Former Sonics assistant Jack Sikma may soon work with five-time All-Star Yao Ming. Sikma is reportedly considering joining coach Rick Adelman's staff in Houston.

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com

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