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Kevin Durant to sign five-year extension with OKC

Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Wouldn't you know it, right after Matt Moore writes about athletes controlling their own messages and announcements , Kevin Durant goes and alerts the world via Twitter of his extension. KD tweeted at about 9:40 a.m. CT :

"Exstension for 5 more years wit the #Thunder....God Is Great, me and my family came a long way...I love yall man forreal ."

And it didn't even take a one-hour special to do it.

Obviously Durant can't officially sign with Oklahoma City until July 8, and terms are not available right now, but I'm sure this was for nothing less than the maximum amount. (UPDATE : Reports are five years, $85 million.) Durant is the youngest scoring champ in NBA history, finished second in last season's MVP voting, led the youngest team in the league to 50 wins, scored 25 points or more in 29 consecutive games (only second to Michael Jordan in the modern era), nearly went 50-40-90 in percentages and is an all around swell person. Yeah, this was kind of a no-brainer.

Durant has been adamant about wanting to stay with the Thunder since last summer. Many questioned it, but as most should know by now, KD is an honest guy that's not out blowing smoke. He's not into playing games or using the media. He wanted to stay with the Thunder and he signed a long-term extension to prove it.

Also, as Marc Stein reports, KD's agent Aaron Goodwin said Durant didn't insist on an opt-out clause after the fourth year because he wanted to "respond to OKC's proactive offer with the fullest possible commitment." How's that for outstanding? Not only does Durant announce this in the most humble way possible, but he commits as much as he can to his franchise out of respect of their offer. KD is just a different breed of superstar man. 

The big question has been answered for the Thunder. The centerpiece is there for the next five years. Sam Presti is a great general manager, but this one didn't take a lot of genius to pull off. But now the focus turns to Jeff Green and his contract situation. Durant is in place, now where will the other long-term pieces fall around him?

-Royce Young


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Since: Jul 6, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:39 am
 

Kevin Durant to sign five-year extension with OKC

Apparently from Twitter:

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Another note on Durant, he has fully committed to five-year extension with NO opt-out after fourth year, Goodwin tells Y!.

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That's even better news.  Durant is a class act and we should count ourselves luck that we have such a player in OKC.




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:35 am
 

Kevin Durant to sign five-year extension with OKC

Oh man...no Drama with a "Durant: summer of 2011"?  The whole Lebron, Wade, Bosh circus is an A@@ whipping. 

Gotta love Durant's style,  best player in the NBA last year and all the talk is on the court..




Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:16 am
 

Kevin Durant to sign five-year extension with OKC

"And it didn't even take a one-hour special to do."   -LMAO
KD is quickly becoming one of my favorite players to watch and I'm glad he's also a swell person. lolNow OKC needs to sign Boozer or D. Lee! :)


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