Excited and humbled to sign back with the swoosh!
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) September 1, 2014
Under Armour wants to break into the basketball shoe market but needs a serious name endorser and was reportedly willing to pay Kevin Durant at least $265 million over the next decade to be that guy.
But KD likes Nike (he signed for less with them years ago) and when the swoosh came in with a counter offer that reportedly could get up to $300 million and could contain a retirement package, he took it to stay home. He confirmed he is staying put with the tweet you see above.
The real winner here (well, besides KD who is about to get PAID)? Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.
The new agency signed KD as its first big basketball client and with this they got him his first big endorsement deal — one where he stays with the company he wanted to be with all along but gets paid far more than they originally offered. They got KD what he wanted.
What does that mean heading into 2016 and Durant’s free agency? Nothing really. Durant is an obvious max player and a number of teams will be lined up to offer him that. It comes down to what Durant really wants, which very well could be to stay in Oklahoma City (they have the most money to offer and are contenders). Durant will have options, it’s Roc Nation’s job to lay them out for him.
But it’s KD’s call. So far he has gotten what he wants.