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Thunder Name Mark Daigneault Head Coach Of D-League Affiliate

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Under Armour Makes 10-Year, $285M Offer To Kevin Durant

Under Armour has presented to Kevin Durant a 10-year offer worth as much as $285 million.

Durant's represenation Roc Nation Sports informed Nike of the offer on Wednesday.

The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such a community center built in his mother's name, whose exact worth will not be known for some time.

Nike has the right to match the offer made by Under Armour and Durant could also still choose Nike if it doesn't match.

Nike's last offer, sources said, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.

Because Under Armour has such a small basketball business, the company has to guarantee Durant his money up front, instead of the typical shoe deals that offer a minimum guarantee plus up to 5 percent royalty on the wholesale revenues.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe's agent explored sign-and-trade scenarios with at least five other teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.

Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

Monroe ultimately was forced to sign for the qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Thunder Have NBA's Most Difficult Scheduled Based On Opponents' Rest

The Oklahoma City Thunder have the most difficult schedule in the NBA in terms of having less rest than their opponents, according to data from Ed Kupfer.

The Thunder play just 10 games against teams with no rest days, while the Utah Jazz have nearly 30.

The Los Angeles Clippers rank second in difficulty based on opponents' rest.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors have the fewest games with less rest than their opponents.

Via Kyle Wagner/Deadspin

Lance Thomas, Thunder Reach Camp Deal

Free agent forward Lance Thomas has reached agreement on a training camp deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told RealGM.

Thomas played for the Chicago Bulls in summer league in July, averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds over five games. He gives the Thunder an active camp body to compete for a regular season roster spot, and he's worked to improve his midrange jump shot this summer.

After four years at Duke, Thomas went undrafted in 2010 and spent parts of three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans. Thomas has averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 106 NBA games.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Durant Has Played 930 More Total Minutes Than LeBron In Past Five Years

Kevin Durant's withdrawl from USA Basketball appeared to be a confession, and the Oklahoma City Thunder star admitted he was mentally and physically exhausted.

No player has logged more combined regular season and playoff minutes over the past three seasons than Durant, who has played 10,924 minutes. LeBron James sits in second with 10,811, even with three straight trips to the NBA Finals in that window.

Over the past five seasons, Durant’s 15,064 minutes also pace all players and are 930 more than James, who is No. 2 on that list.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said last October that he likes to keep Durant’s minutes between 38 and 40. The Thunder could be forced to look into monitoring Durant's minutes with more frequency.

“As we go forward there’s no question that’s something we want to look at and understand,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said about Durant’s minutes at the end of the season. “Not only for the long term, but to also make sure we are getting the most out of the minutes that are played during one particular game or another…I can’t tell you what comes of it.”

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Durant's Potential Under Armour Deal Could Be Worth $325M Over 10 Years

Kevin Durant could become the highest paid endorser in the NBA if he signs a deal with Under Armour worth approximately $30 million per year.

Durant's deal could be worth as much as $325 million over 10 years and include a financial stake in the company.

Durant has been with Nike since coming into the NBA.

Via Matthew Kish/Portland Business Journal

Colangelo: Durant Wasn't Himself Last Week

Jerry Colangelo said that Kevin Durant didn't seem himself last week during USA Basketball's training camp in Las Vegas.

Durant announced his decision to withdraw from the team on Thursday, citing mental and physical fatigue. 

"Kevin [Durant] wasn’t quite Kevin last week," Colangelo said. "There was a lot of stuff, speculation. I don’t know what it was. A lot of things with him. So when I got the call, I want to say it wasn’t a total surprise about him not feeling capable of going forward physically and mentally.

“He needed to get away. You got to deal with it. That’s all. It is what it is.”

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant Withdraws From Team USA For World Cup

Kevin Durant is poised to withdraw from Team USA heading into the World Cup trip to Spain.

The reason is not related to Paul George's injury in last Friday's exhibition game.

USA Basketball said Durant withdrew due to mental and physical exhaustion.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Durant Could Sign $30M Annual Deal With Under Armour

Kevin Durant could sign a deal worth as much as $30 million per year with Under Armour.

Durant's seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike is expiring.

Under Armour is based in Durant's home state of Maryland.

Nike and Adidas are also in talks with Durant.

A deal with Under Armour could also be beneficial to the Washington Wizards, one of several teams that are expected to pursue Durant when he hits free agency in 2016. Ted Leonsis and Under Armour Founder/CEO Kevin Plank, a University of Maryland graduate, have been involved in several philanthropic endeavors in the D.C. area.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Oklahoma City Thunder Archives

Sebastian Telfair Hopes China Experience Helps His Return To NBA

Sebastian Telfair turned down a two-year, $7 million deal in China for a $1.3 million veteran's minimum deal with the Thunder.

Tibor Pleiss To Sign With Barcelona, Likely To Join Thunder In 2015

Tibor Pleiss had played for Laboral Kutxa since 2012 and was the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft when he was with Brose Baskets.

Under Armour Preparing Offer To Durant With His Nike Deal Expiring

Under Armour is based in Kevin Durant's home state of Maryland.

Durant Will Do What's Best For Him As 2016 Free Agent

Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.

McGary Encouraged By Fit With Thunder

Mitch McGary should immediately see quality minutes on a title contender.

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League

Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.

Wizards Hire David Adkins Who Coached Durant In High School

David Adkins was an assistant for Brenda Frese with the University of Maryland's women's basketball team for the past five seasons.

Stephen A Smith: Durant Would Only Consider Leaving For Wizards

Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 and appears unlikely to leave the Thunder, but Stephen A. Smith believes the Washington Wizards would be the only team that is strongly considered.

Thunder To Sign Grant Jerrett To Multi-Year Deal

Grant Jerrett has reached agreement on a multi-year contract to re-sign with the Thunder, a league source told RealGM.

Perry Jones Out 4-6 Weeks With Knee Surgery

Perry Jones underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery.

Thunder Agree To Sign Anthony Morrow On Three-Year, $10M Deal

Anthony Morrow is one of the NBA's best spot-up three-point shooters.

Bulls, Spurs Most Likely To Acquire Pau Gasol

The Lakers, Thunder and Knicks are almost certainly out of contention to acquire Pau Gasol.

Mike Miller Close To Deal With Nuggets

Mike Miller is also being pursued by the Cavaliers, Grizzlies and Thunder.

Bulls, Thunder Considered Favorites For Pau Gasol

The Bulls and Thunder have emerged as the favorites to sign Pau Gasol.

Westbrook Withdraws From USA Basketball For World Cup

Russell Westbrook was part of the USA teams in 2010 and 2012, and he hopes to still play in the 2016 Olympics.

Sebastian Telfair Rejects $7M Offer From Chinese Team For Thunder Deal

Sebastian Telfair rejected one of the most lucrative proposals in professional basketball overseas.

RealGM Radio: Royce Young, Ed Maisonet On The Thunder

Daniel Leroux, Royce Young and Ed Maisonet discuss what the Thunder can do this summer both in terms of free agents and the expiring Kevin Martin TPE, evaluate their draft, and assess the long-term future of the franchise.

Thunder Agree To One-Year Deal With Sebastian Telfair

Sebastian Telfair played last season in China and is already 29.

Thunder Emerge As Favorites For Pau Gasol

The Thunder, Bulls and Lakers are interested in Pau Gasol.

Thabo Sefolosha Scheduling Meetings With Teams; No Thunder Contact Yet

Thabo Sefolosha has received interest from the Clippers, Mavericks, Rockets and Raptors among others, league sources told RealGM.
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