The headline is stating the bleeding obvious, but the Oklahoma City Thunder cannot afford to let their star player Kevin Durant leave at seasons end.
Durant, who is a free agent, is expected to attract huge money offers from rival clubs, with the distinct possibility that he could join NBA powerhouse, the Golden State Warriors, which is another story all together.
Durant's season has seen him climb back up the power rankings over the season and back to his best after a frustrating season with injury during the 2014/2015 season that saw the Thunder miss the finals.
Only Golden State's Steph Curry and Houston's James Harden has been more active on the scoreboard for the season than Durant, but the fact that stands out most the others is the incredible consistency of Durant who has now hit 20 plus points in his last 52 matches.
The current roster that the Thunder and Billy Donovan have at their disposal, with all due respect, shouldn't be dropping home games to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans, of all things, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
More importantly, the Thunder have consistently blown big leads this season, which for a championship potential team, should not be happening and if it continues to happen in the remaining 22 games of the season, heading into the Playoffs, you can almost kiss the number 35 goodbye.