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Durant agrees to five-year extension

Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:43 pm
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In stark contrast to the free-agent diva fest that has taken over the NBA, Kevin Durant -- the league's next big superstar -- quietly committed to the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday with an extension totaling five years and $85 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Durant, whose humble commitment to the small-market Thunder has him toiling at the Orlando Summer League and encouraging his teammates from the bench, agreed to a deal that does not include a player option or early-termination option, the person familiar with it said. It's the strongest sign yet of Durant's belief that he can win a championship in Oklahoma City.

"His stature has been elevated in the eyes of the NBA and the sports world," said the person with knowledge of the agreement, who has close ties to Durant. "He said, 'This is where I want to be. Let's get this done. I don't want any fanfare.' He's not your average superstar, and it's all real, too. It's all real."

Durant, the No. 2 pick in the 2007 draft, became eligible for an extension of his rookie contract at 12:01 ET last Thursday. Thunder GM Sam Presti visited Durant in person at the first moment he was permitted by league rules to begin negotiations. Beyond that, Durant's negotiation has been crowded out by all the noise surrounding the free-agent decisions of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Wade and Bosh announced their intentions to sign with the Heat in a national television interview Wednesday, while James will announce his plans in a one-hour TV special Thursday at p 9.m. ET.

The Thunder, entering the uncertainty of a possible lockout after next season or a new collective bargaining agreement that is expected to slash the top salaries in the NBA, could have waited until next summer and saved millions. But owner Clay Bennett, wanting to reciprocate the loyalty Durant has shown Oklahoma City, decided to make the commitment now and offered Durant the most he could offer under the current collective bargaining agreement.

"If you were playing GM 101, you could really wait and save a lot of money," the person familiar with the extension said. "This was a big statement on [Bennett's] part. He said, 'This is what you want, here it is. You've got it.'"




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Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

You have love the way Sam Presti has put this club together. Very similar to the way Roy Williams recruits. You of course have to be very talented but if you are not all about the team....your out. Chemistry killer......your out. Lazy.....out. The reason most people would rather watch NCAA college basketball during March compared to the disgusting NBA egofest in June is quite simple. It is not appealing to watch grown men act like children. However, the OKC Thunder has given us hope. Maybe the team concept will be back.....the way the game was meant to be played












Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

Kevin Durant will get a championship before LeBron James. Kevin Durant is already a better player than Lebron. And i suspect, but do not know, a much better teammate.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:09 am
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

Note to LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudamire, Chris Bosh, Dywane Wade and most other professional athletes. THIS is how a true gentleman operates. As a Laker fan, I have a healthy respect for Kevin Durant and the Oklahome City Thunder. That team is good, young and headed up fast, barring some catastrophic turn of events. Congratulations to both Kevin Durant and to Thunder owner Clay Bennett for behaving with honor and without the need for the circus that Wade, James and Bosh chose to orchestrate. This only confirms me in my opinion that Durant is a gentleman as well as being a superb basketball player. The last few times we saw this kind of thing, it was at the hands of Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.

I do have a small quibbble with the article itself however. As other commenters have noted, Kevin Durant is NOT the 'next big superstar'. he is already a superstar, albeit one without the need for self-aggrnadizement that so many of his peers seem to possess. Durant got this done quietly, without fanfare and utterly without the chattering class' interference. I look forward to he growing threat to the Lakers that is being built in Oklahoma City. I can only hope that that threat does not truly mature until AFTER the Lakers have managed to get Championship Number Seventeen! Once again, congratulations to both the Thunder and to Kevin Durant. Well done!




Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:10 am
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

I'm a Browns AND Sonics fan (please don't make me explain). There are people demanding a new team, or trying to move another to Seattle(though I don't want to do that..). Both kept the name, colors, logo, and history in their respective cities so I hope it ends up being a similar story.



Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:05 am
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

Clay Bennett and LOYALTY in the same senetnce? He doesn't know S**T about loyalty. and some of you people actually agree with this bull? When did the definition of loyalty mean lying and secretly going behind people's backs to move their teams.

In fact I believe that is the exact OPPOSITE of loyalty!



Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:37 pm
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

Clay Bennett and LOYALTY in the same sentence? He doesn't know SHIT about what loyalty is, he lied to an entire fanbase while making plans and you say LOYALTY???



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:06 pm
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

Good story - thanks.



Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:27 pm
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

This is how we all Should remember any NBA player.. MATURITY not Celebrity.



Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

Congrats to OKC and Mr. Durant for believing in the team and the city!! It's getting to the point, who even cares about Lflash James and the rest of them!! They are all making this a side show and all they are doing is pushing more people away from the game.......esp the most important White people!!! Go OKC



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Durant agrees to five-year extension

Congrats to Kevin Durant and the Thunder.  Even though I'm a Lakers fan and I know the Thunder are a  force to  be reckoned with for a long time I am happy to see him resign with them.  Durant is one Helluva player and seems like a great guy from most accounts.

Congrats!

Unlike LeFavre James who wants everyone to pay attention to him (and who will be staying in Cleveland after the love fest) Durant is a breath of fresh air.


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