HoopsHype Kevin Durant rumors

August 25, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant has sworn off acting forever -- telling TMZ Sports even Shaq's critically-panned movie "Kazaam" was WAYYYY better than his 2012 flop "Thunderstruck." Gotta respect the honesty. Here's the deal ... Durant was leaving Benihana in Bev Hills (delicious hibachi shrimp btw) ... when we asked if he was ever gonna try to rebound from the debacle that was "Thunderstruck." For the record -- "Thunderstruck" (like "Freaky Friday" with basketball powers) -- was a box office disaster ($587,211 domestic) ... especially compared to Shaq's 1996 classic ($18,937,262). TMZ.com

August 23, 2014 Updates
August 21, 2014 Updates

Michael vs. Larry, Grant Hill drinks Sprite, Michael Phelps and his five-dollar foot-long. Kevin Durant won’t have any of these iconic commercials/brand associations any time soon. In March, Durant signed an endorsement deal with KIND Healthy Snacks, and according to Chris Sheridan, the endorsement deal has strict restrictions. Durant may not sign an endorsement deal with any company that uses sugar or preservatives in its products. That means no McDonalds (or really any fast food or quick service restaurant), no Coca-Cola or Pepsi, no Subway, no candy company, no . . . well a lot of companies that regularly sign athletes to endorsement deals. As Sheridan reported, the deal is unusually restrictive. The Fields of Green

August 20, 2014 Updates

In 2007, before he played in his first NBA game, he wanted to sign with Nike badly enough that the $60 million contract he signed with the Swoosh was more than $20 million less than what Adidas had offered. But sources say his move to Jay Z's Roc Nation last summer started to turn the tables. His new agents were interested in a stronger negotiation, which would include both Under Armour and Adidas, which dropped out last week. ESPN.com

August 19, 2014 Updates

Darnell, settle it once and for all. What's the REAL reason that Durant dropped out of consideration for Team USA? Also, please explain what exactly "mental exhaustion" is. Darnell Mayberry: I think it has more to do with Under Armour than rest. Oklahoman

August 18, 2014 Updates
August 16, 2014 Updates

Team USA is only the latest entity to be left with a sour taste after dealing with Durant and his latest agent. The folks at Nike aren’t exactly happy. The folks at Gatorade already were unhappy. “It’s like Jay-Z is determined to do a scorched earth negotiation with everyone Kevin Durant is currently aligned with, and they aren’t doing him any favors,” one source close to Durant told SheridanHoops on Friday as Team USA prepared for its first exhibition game in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. SheridanHoops

Durant spent Wednesday at the headquarters of UnderArmour, which is reportedly offering him a $325 million, 10-year deal to leave Nike. A source told SheridanHoops that adidas is making an under-the-radar push to sign Durant, too, when his current deal with Nike expires Sept. 30 – the eve of training camp for the upcoming NBA season. SheridanHoops

But industry insiders said there remains a possibility that Durant will ultimately renew his deal with Nike. Two weeks ago in Las Vegas, he was seen playing high-stakes blackjack with Nike executive Lynn Merritt at the Wynn Resort. SheridanHoops

August 15, 2014 Updates

"It's one of those things; you don't replace Kevin Durant," Krzyzewski said after Team USA's scrimmage on Thursday. "You look different. And so we have today and [Friday] to look different before we play a really good team. That's of concern for me because we were pretty far along. We had our best camp ever in Vegas since I've coached [Team USA]. Those guys were terrific. We had more in [game plan-wise], but we had more in to play a certain way. And then Kevin deciding not to play ... it's concerning. "But hopefully we'll be good enough on Saturday [in an exhibition against Brazil], and then we use New York and Gran Canaria to get better and get better during pool play." Sports Illustrated

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