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January 30, 2015 Updates

Thunder officials understand there are no guarantees with Durant. They know they can offer the most money -- several executives believe a max deal for Durant in the new TV revenue-infused market in 2016 could be worth in the neighborhood of $200 million over five years -- and they believe Durant likes playing in Oklahoma City. “I think he likes his teammates,” said Brooks. “That’s always important.” Sports Illustrated

January 29, 2015 Updates

Phil Jackson and the Knicks have until July 1, 2016 to get their house in order and here’s something Jackson and the legions of long-suffering Knicks fans — are there any other kind? — can latch onto: The Knicks are in play. “No question about it,” says a person close to Durant. “Kevin loves Carmelo (Anthony). It could work in New York. But never rule out the Thunder.” New York Daily News

The Knicks have expressed interest in Jackson, but for what it’s worth, the word coming out of the Thunder locker room is that Durant is not a big fan of the free-agent-to-be guard. And depending on whom you talk to, there are also whispers that Durant is growing increasingly frustrated with Westbrook, one of the league’s most dynamic players and whose style is shoot first, ask questions later. New York Daily News

January 28, 2015 Updates

The anger with which Durant has punished the rim hasn’t necessarily manifested itself off the court, where the reigning most valuable player has maintained a measured calm and displayed no panic nor worry through a season that has been more difficult than expected for the Oklahoma City Thunder. “It’s just different. First time being injured and all the injuries that happened to us. That’s about it,” Durant said, when asked if this season has been more of a grind than others. “We’re back playing now. That’s over with, we’re trying to move forward now.” Washington Post

Attempts to acquire Brook Lopez from Brooklyn fell apart but also raised doubt about the Thunder’s ability to reach the playoffs, much less win the West, as it is currently assembled. Durant doesn’t appear to have those concerns. When asked recently if he felt the Hawks were the league’s best team, Durant responded, “I ain’t going to go that far. They’re a good team. I like our team. “We’re just behind on everything, from training camp, all the way up to the season, so even though we’re 40-something games in, I feel that we’re still trying to figure stuff out and grow,” Durant said. “Because it feels like we’re in the beginning of the season with everybody coming back, but I like the progress. I like the groove we’re in.” Washington Post

January 27, 2015 Updates

Anthony Slater: Kevin Durant (sprained toe) remains day-to-day with possibility he can play against Knicks tomorrow. Word from the team is Kevin Durant will see how the toe feels tomorrow (shootaround, pregame) before determining status. Twitter @anthonyVslater

Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with American Family Insurance, the company said Tuesday. Durant, the NBA's most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family has signed. American Family is one of the nation's largest insurers. NBA.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

Still, given Oklahoma's state tax rate of 5.5 percent, if Durant established permanent residence in a non-income tax state like Florida, and played for the Wizards, he could potentially save more than $700,000 a year in taxes -- or more than $2.8 million on a four-year deal. "He's still paying Oklahoma tax on games in Oklahoma City," Packard said. NBA.com

"The player certainly wouldn't want to buy a house in D.C., because they'd be paying some of the highest tax rates," said Sean Packard, the tax director for Octagon Financial Services Wealth, the financial arm of the sports agency that represents NBA players like Stephen Curry, Wesley Matthews, David West and Giannis Antetokounmpo. NBA.com

January 24, 2015 Updates
January 23, 2015 Updates

Reigning league MVP Kevin Durant says a drastic drop-off in fan votes that cost him a starting spot in next month's NBA All-Star Game won't serve as any extra motivation as he tries to lead Oklahoma City back into the playoff picture. "I don't need the All-Star vote to validate me as a player," Durant said Friday when asked about the perceived snub. "I'm always motivated. This is my eighth year in the league. I've been on All-Star teams before. I've done things in this league. I don't need that to validate me." ESPN.com

How alike and different are Kevin and Russell? Scott Brooks: They're both so competitive. Russell shows his competitiveness in a physical presence way. He wants you to know that he's coming at you and he doesn't like you and he doesn't care about what you think, where Kevin's competitiveness comes from, "Watch me. I'm not going to tell you what I'm going to do, but I'm going to be better than you." It's really a unique combination and they do a great job of really complementing each other. Early on in their careers, and I still do it occasionally, I put them on different teams in practice to see who can rally their teammates to beat the other guy. And they get after it. It makes the scrimmages much more intense. Bleacher Report

January 22, 2015 Updates

Jorge Sierra: Fifteen players finished with more votes than MVP Kevin Durant. Marcin Gortat received more votes than Kevin Durant. I don't know what to say. #AllStar2015 Twitter @hoopshype

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