Told Durant's Nike contract pays him $275M + $2.5M a year in salary (for 10 years) & an additional guaranteed $25M in retirement.
USA Today "Kevin Durant having the opportunity to opt out of his Nike contract created a market for a historic amount of money being thrown around by competing for not only Durant but for what would have been a monumental business accomplishment for Under Armour. The Baltimore-based company, according to..." September 01
ESPN.com "At the 11th hour, Nike just simply couldn't let Kevin Durant walk away. With Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under..." September 01
CBSSports.com "A positive marijuana test administered by the NCAA is the reason Mitch McGary is no longer on the Michigan basketball team. What many criticized to be an archaic rule -- a year-long suspension for a single positive test -- basically forced McGary's hand, and he opted in late April to pledge for..." August 30
TheScore.com "The Philadelphia 76ers will accept just about any and all reclamation projects, except former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet. For Philadelphia, the move nets them nothing more than a bit of cash. According to salary information from Shamsports, only $500,000 of Thabeet's deal is guaranteed...." August 26
SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26
ESPN.com "Kevin Durant's representation Roc Nation Sports informed Nike on Wednesday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years, sources told ESPN.com. The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such a community center built..." August 22
The Oklahoman "Players who have completed three years of their rookie contract are eligible for an extension with that team. After a fourth season, they are restricted free agents. Which means if their franchise makes a qualifying offer — a one-year contract for 125 percent of the player’s previous salary, which..." August 21
New York Post "Kevin Durant’s abrupt decision not to participate with Team USA in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain surprised some and rankled others. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar cited fatigue, though president of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo mentioned a “contractual situation” while discussing the..." August 20
Hoops Rumors "Thunder fans are experiencing some déjà vu. A guard entering his fourth year with the team, proven as an effective backup and a capable starter, is due for rookie contract extension talks. The player shined in the postseason, helping guide Oklahoma City deep into the playoffs, and is seeking an..." August 17
Sheridan Hoops "Not a lot of Jay-Z fans here. At least not among the U.S. federation. They aren’t exactly burning his CDs, but they are enumerating the burned bridges as the fallout from Kevin Durant’s abrupt departure from the U.S. national team continues to spread. Team USA is only the latest entity to be..." August 17
Free agent forward Lance Thomas -- with CHI in July -- has reached agreement on a training camp deal with the Thunder, sources tell RealGM.
CBSSports.com "Kevin Durant's withdrawal from USA Basketball less than a month before the 2014 FIBA World Cup kicked off in Spain was a big surprise to the international basketball world. Even though Paul George had just suffered a gruesome leg injury that left many wondering whether or not stars would..." August 15
CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13
The Oklahoman "But Brooks has defended Durant’s mounting minutes by pointing to the game’s other greats, players who history shows have had similar workloads. With 20,717 total minutes, Durant ranks 17th in minutes played among players in their first seven seasons. He’s logged the eighth most among seven-year..." August 11
The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant’s admission made waves only because of what it means to USA Basketball this summer. Overshadowed is what it will mean for the Thunder next season. After that carefully-crafted, 97-word statement, the Thunder seemingly has no choice but to better manage its biggest star’s..." August 10
CBSSports.com "Losing the reigning MVP and the best player on the roster is awful news for Team USA. Without Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love, this still looked like a nearly unbeatable team. That is not the case anymore. Durant was supposed to start at power forward. The logical question now:..." August 08
Source confirms $320+ million offer from Under Armor to Kevin Durant. Offer includes equity in the company. Nike thinks they've lost him.
New York Daily News "Kevin Durant won’t hit the free agent market until July 2016 but the NBA’s Most Valuable Player is on the verge of landing a blockbuster endorsement deal that could influence his future on the court as well. According to a person familiar with negotiations, Durant, whose seven-year, $60..." August 06
CBSSports.com "Rapper Drake is doing his part as a fan of the Toronto Raptors. When Kevin Durant is a free agent in 2016, he'll be the most sought-after free agent on the market since LeBron James in 2010. As an up-and-coming team in a big market in North America, the Raptors could be a very attractive place for..." August 05
Washington Post "Kevin Durant isn’t ready to travel in time but understands that questions about his future are unavoidable. His contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder has an expiration date in 2016 and he will be the most in-demand free agent, with fan bases around the league – specifically in his hometown of..." July 31
Yahoo! Sports "Ever since LeBron James announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has heard the drum beat louder for him to return to his hometown of Washington. "It's being talked about," Durant said after the U.S. team's practice for the World Cup on..." July 30
CBSSports.com "Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams annoyed opponents with his physicality in his rookie year, but he was a pleasant surprise in a disappointing overall crop from the 2013 draft. While he managed to get into minor altercations with a fairly long list of NBA players, the tough Kiwi never..." July 29
CBSSports.com "The NBA's superstar free-agent merry-go-round never stops spinning. Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Howard and Anthony again, LeBron again, Kevin Love, and on and on. Once Love's attempted exodus from Minnesota is handled one way or another, next up will be the..." July 29
CBSSports.com "The spectacle of the injury to Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka and the comeback he made during the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs was full of drama. The Spurs smoked the Ibaka-less Thunder in the first two games of the series, and then lost the next two games of..." July 29
The Oklahoman "Roll call on the Thunder summer. Drafted Mitch McGary. Tried to sign Pau Gasol. Did sign Anthony Morrow. Re-signed Grant Jerrett. Let’s see. A rookie with all kinds of offensive talent but probably not ready for NBA defensive assignments. A former superstar who isn’t the player he used to be..." July 28
Pro Basketball Talk "The Thunder and Josh Huestis have agreed for the No. 29 pick to turn down his rookie-scale NBA contract and play on a D-League contract next season, an arrangement made before the draft. The deal is good for the Thunder, who won’t have to pay Huestis this year and now could have five years to..." July 25
Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23
Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22
The Oklahoman "The Thunder announced late Friday afternoon that its NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, will relocate in time for the 2014-15 season, joining their parent club in Oklahoma City. Even on a slow news day, the announcement barely made a ripple locally, never mind nationally. But..." July 20
Pro Basketball Talk "So, remember the NBA’s plan to include gold patches on the backs of jerseys commemorating historical championships beginning next season? Sure you do. Well, in addition to not being that great of an idea in the first place due to the fact that over half of the teams in the league will be..." July 19
Pro Basketball Talk "Flip Saunders, when he was coaching the Wizards, hired his son Ryan Saunders to his coaching staff. When Randy Wittman replaced Flip, Ryan remained on Washington’s payroll – until Flip became the Timberwolves’ coach and hired his son in Minnesota. That left the Wizards with a..." July 17
The Oklahoman "A move that’s been known about for weeks was made official on Tuesday. The Thunder has signed veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair to a one-year non-guaranteed veteran minimum deal. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Sebastian to the Thunder organization and Oklahoma City..." July 16
SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16
The Thunder also will receive the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis. OKC will send Sefolosha, the rights to Giorgos Printezis and cash to ATL
The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15
Covers.com "LeBron James' triumphant return to Northeast Ohio proved you can go home again, and according to Pro Basketball Talk, there's a chance Kevin Durant could follow the King's lead in the near future. If Durant (a Washington D.C. native) were to leave Oklahoma City when he becomes an unrestricted..." July 15
Thunder spokesman says Perry Jones has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Procedure was planned. Jones will miss 4-6 weeks.
Hearing Detroit on the brink of signing Caron Butler after Butler's postseason run with Oklahoma City.
Anthony Morrow has agreed to join the Thunder, giving Oklahoma City a 3-point shooter and depth on the wing. Story coming soon.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-15 season will be an all-time high of $63.065 million, an increase by 7.5 percent. The tax level for the season will be $76.829 million, an increase of 7.1 percent. The minimum team salary, which is set at 90 percent of the cap, is $56.759..." July 10
League source tells me the Thunder, once confident they had a legit chance at Pau, now consider it a long shot to land Gasol
Yahoo! Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball's roster for the World Cup in Spain this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Westbrook had been part of gold-medal-winning teams in 2010 and '12 in the world championships and Olympics, respectively, and has..." July 07
Continue to hear OKC is ahead of Miami in Anthony Morrow chase. Along with Pau Gasol, Morrow has been a prime Thunder target in free agency
The Oklahoman "As the Thunder seeks to improve its roster this summer, two things have Oklahoma City stuck in a holding pattern. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The two biggest fish on the market have effectively paralyzed the Thunder and every team like it. Free agency, in case you haven’t noticed, has..." July 07
The checklist to help OKC land Gasol would be Melo staying in New York, Bosh staying in Miami, and LeBron picking Cleveland/Miami.
The Oklahoman "Here’s how long it took Mitch McGary to announce his presence in his summer league debut. Two seconds. On his first possession in the Thunder’s 84-63 loss to Memphis on the opening day of the Orlando Pro Summer League, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan inbounded the ball from the..." July 06
Inside Hoops "The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Darko Rajakovic as assistant coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Rajakovic has spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBA D-League affiliate. “Darko’s diverse..." July 06
Official word on Steven Adams is he has a right shin contusion. He's questionable to return.