Sep 29, 2014 11:53 PM EDT
Kevin Durant candidly discussed his present and future with the Oklahoma City Thunder, making it clear that he is pleased with the franchise's direction and likes his situation.
"We'll keep dancing around (the topic), and by the time it comes it's going to be even more awkward than it was, so it's not a surprise (that people ask him about it) because everybody wants to know," Durant said. "But I'm taking it day by day with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That's my main concern. And whatever the future holds, I don't know, because I can't tell you the future. I'm going to take it a day at a time. I enjoy being here. I enjoy my teammates. I like the direction we're going in, and that's not just a cliché (expletive) answer. That's real."
"I love OKC. I always wanted to be a part of something bigger than just basketball. And what I told myself coming into the league was, 'This city is going to adopt me, I'm going to adopt this city, and we're going to grow together.'"
For their part, the Thunder are confident about their chances to re-sign Durant as a free agent in 2016.
"We know it's there, and we are looking forward to it — the opportunity to re-sign a legacy player — especially when you consider where our team could be at that point, with two more years of experience and cohesion and taking that into account," Presti said. "We have to honor the season in front of us, because we have a tremendous opportunity to win right now and continue to build the tradition of the Thunder. We are fortunate to be in this position, and we want to capture and respect this moment. We have to put that anticipation in its place for now and not allow ourselves to get distracted from the present, regardless of what the future could look like for Kevin and the organization he has built with us, brick by brick."
Sep 29, 2014 3:36 PM EDT
Kevin Durant intends to rejoin USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Durant withdrew from the 2014 World Cup citing exhaustion.
Durant was previously with USA Basketball for the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
Sep 26, 2014 2:55 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder have reached agreement with free agent guard Michael Jenkins on a training camp deal, league sources told RealGM.
Jenkins, who has played professionally overseas since going undrafted in 2008, was with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League in July.
Jenkins, 28, played his college basketball at Winthrop where he averaged 13.9 points and 4.1 rebounds as a senior in the 2007-08 season. He played in Italy a year ago.
Sep 22, 2014 12:10 AM EDT
Reggie Jackson is monitoring the contract situation of Eric Bledsoe, who remains a restricted free agent.
Jackson is eligible for a contract extension and could become a restricted free agent himself next summer if he is unable to agree upon a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Jackson has made it clear that he desires a starting role, while also suggesting that he seeks the salary that comes along with that.
Bledsoe is the closest comparison to Jackson due to his development in the NBA backing up Chris Paul, while Jackson has backed up Russell Westbrook.
Sep 05, 2014 10:40 AM EDT
Kevin Durant has signed an endorsement deal with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in which he now owns a minority stake.
Durant will receive an ownership interest in Orange Leaf in exchange for his work to promote the frozen yogurt brand through community service partnerships, including the development of a program that will help under-served kids and communities, Orange Leaf said.
Orange Leaf CEO Reese Travis said he was impressed with Durant’s involvement in the Oklahoma City community, and that led him to want to partner with the Thunder forward. Travis said he was particularly touched with Durant’s efforts to help with cleanup efforts after the May 2013 Moore tornado.
Sep 04, 2014 3:22 PM EDT
The New York Knicks hired Brian Keefe on Tuesday as an assistant coach.
A source says Keefe is very close with Kevin Durant, who will become a free agent in 2016.
Keefe spent seven seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the first two as a developmental coach before being promoted to assistant coach.
“He’s Durant’s guy,’’ the league source said.
During last season, Durant noted Keefe had put him in his place regarding body language and attitude.
Sep 03, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
Reggie Jackson is eligible for a contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason.
"We haven’t really talked about it much this summer," said Jackson. "I know my representation and the Thunder have been talking. But mostly I haven’t really gotten to talk super much about it. I’ve been busy. I think we’re just trying to figure things out and hopefully we can get a deal done."
Jackson was asked if he thinks a deal may be agreed upon before the deadline.
"I’m not sure. I’m always hopeful. I’m hoping for the best, expecting the worst. That’s just how I kind of approach things. I’m just happy and blessed to be able to play basketball another day and wake up another day. Just seeing another day is a blessing. I hope to get things done. But if not, it is what it is. I can’t really dwell on it. I have to go out there and compete. That’s where I am. I have to go out there and enjoy the game and trust that my representation and us sitting down and figuring things out is hopefully going to lead to us getting something done before the deadline."
Aug 31, 2014 12:29 PM EDT
Nike has exercised its right to match Under Armour's endorsement offer to Kevin Durant, according to sources.
Nike has countered a proposal of $265 to $285 million and believes it will re-sign Durant to a deal for the next 10 years.
Kevin Durant confirmed his new deal with Nike on Twitter on Sunday night.
The deal between Nike and Durant could hit up to $300 million based on royalties. Nike officials told Durant and his team at Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports on Saturday that it would indeed step up enough to allow the world's largest shoe and apparel company to keep him.
There were strong indications that Durant would go to Under Armour, and the decision has weighed heavily on him, according to sources.
Under Armour wooed Stephen Curry to join them and leave Nike last year, but they have now missed out on Durant and Blake Griffin, who joined the Jordan Brand.
Aug 26, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers will absorb the contract of Thabeet to allow the Thunder to create a $1.25 million traded player exception.
Thabeet will be immediately waived by the 76ers.
Aug 22, 2014 10:03 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team.
“Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.”
Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida where he most recently held the position of Assistant to the Head Coach. Last season, the Gators became the first SEC team to go 18-0 in conference play, and during Daigneault’s four years at Florida, the program posted a 120-30 record (.800) while advancing to the Elite Eight each season.
“Mark has been a valuable member of our staff the past four seasons, and I'm very happy to see him get this opportunity with a great organization,” said University of Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan. “We all wish him the best of luck and know he'll do a tremendous job.”
Prior to arriving at Florida, the Leominster, Mass. native spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Holy Cross.
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