View Full Version : Thunder & Kevin Durant Agree to 5-Year, $85 Million Extension

07-09-2010, 05:20 PM

Durant officially inks extension with Thunder

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Forward Kevin Durant has officially
signed a multi-year contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The
deal is reportedly for five years.

"Today is an exciting and important day in the growth of the Thunder
organization," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. "The mutual and
substantial commitment by both Kevin and our ownership group comes by way of
aligned values and vision. Kevin's consistent work ethic, humility, team-first
mentality and strong community investment are just some of the reasons that
today's commitments stretch beyond our franchise and throughout our community
and the entire state of Oklahoma."

Durant's agent, Aaron Goodwin, earlier told the Oklahoman the deal is worth
close to $85 million and runs through the 2015-16 season without a player
option that would have allowed for free agency after the fourth year.

"I am excited to remain a part of the Thunder organization and the Oklahoma
City community," said Durant. "This is a big day for my family and myself. I
would like to thank God for putting me in this position, the Thunder for
believing in me since I was drafted and my teammates for supporting and
encouraging me everyday."

Durant is the reigning NBA scoring leader after averaging 30.1 points while
appearing in all 82 regular-season games in 2009-10. He set a franchise record
by scoring 30-plus points on 47 occasions last season and helped lead the team
to the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Also, his 756 made free throws were a franchise-best and the most recorded in
a single season since Michael Jordan connected on 833 during the 1986-87

Taken second overall by the defunct Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 draft,
Durant has averaged 25.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists for his career.

"Kevin Durant personifies what we are building with the Oklahoma City
Thunder," said Thunder chairman Clay Bennett. "His dedication to his
teammates, to continually working at his game, and to this community is at the
core of what we want this organization to represent. We are excited to have
the opportunity to continue to watch Kevin evolve as a player and just as
thrilled to have someone of his personal character on our team."

07/08 20:54:33 ET