Blog Entry

Report: Durant has $1 million/month Russian offer

Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Kevin Durant's got some options right now. His agent recently said the Thunder superstar was exploring situations in Spain, Turkey and Russia.

Well, the Russia thing just got a bit more interesting. Because we have an offer. According to, via HoopsHype, Russian superpower CSKA Moscow is in talks with Durant's representation for a deal worth around $1 million per month. Not too bad.

If you recall, Kobe's reported offer from China is for something like $1.5 million. So Durant obviously is carrying a similar global reputation. Deron Williams' Turkish deal was only for $250,000 a month.

CSKA Moscow is a team that certainly has big Bucks to throw around as it was formerly owned by current Nets chairman Mikhail Prokhorov. The team has sat atop the Russian league in both money and success for a good number of years.

But it seems like a pretty unlikely end game for Durant. He said recently he was 50-50 on going overseas with a deadline for his decision to be Oct. 1. He doesn't really sound or seem like a player that eager to take his talents across the pond. He's been ripping up every pro-am there is coast-to-coast but eventually he's got to find some real games. Some real competition. There are worse options than Russia, but I'm pretty sure Durant's not going to be stoked about it. He wants to play in the NBA.

What we're seeing with a lot of these rumored deals is that it's posturing from both sides. The team is looking to raise its profile by being "in talks" with an NBA superstar. Immediately people assume the organization has a bunch of money and credibility to be able to land a player like that. And on the other end, it's a solid bargaining chip for the players to throw in the owners' faces. Really, the only people coming out on the short end of this stuff are fans of the NBA. Awesome for us.

It's a developing situation with Durant. More stuff about it seems to be making the rounds and while I still think it's an unlikely scenario, it's at least a possibility. And getting paid $1 million a month to ball instead of squat to just hoop on a blacktop isn't too bad a Plan B.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:51 am

take the money and run

"take the money and run" great woody allen movie, the article not so much, all the players should make what moneyt they can

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:02 am

Report: Durant has $1 million/month Russian offer

thats a lot of money! deron is playinf for cheap got ripped off

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:39 am

Report: Durant has $1 million/month Russian offer

Just like the NFL and political madness over the debt thing, I think the NBA will get a deal done at the last minute. There's just too much money at stake. 

I hope so, at least. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:51 pm

Report: Durant has $1 million/month Russian offer

My advice (for what it's worth $0.02) is for all of the NBA players that can, to go overseas and get all of the money that they can and throw it in the face of the owners.  I haven't watched the NBA now for well over a decade and could really care less.  It seems obvious that there isn't going to be a season this year so go make money where you can!!  If there is no season this year, the NBA just may cease to even exist!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:26 pm

Report: Durant has $1 million/month Russian offer

 ' Turkish deal was only for $250,000 a month.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or