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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

January 21, 2015 Updates

With the Oklahoma City Thunder in Washington, D.C., to play the Wizards, his future free agency in 2016 and the possibility of returning to his hometown were inevitably going to be brought up. "I've never thought about it, to be honest," Durant said of playing for the Wizards. "I mean, I hear it in the summertime. I heard it for the first time this summer. That's when it started heating up. I love playing for Oklahoma City, man. There's just a certain level of pride that I have when I play with that Oklahoma City on my chest. ESPN.com

"So that's the only thing I'm focused on. Everybody knows that I represent where I come from that no matter where I play at, no matter what arena. But I'm just focused on playing with Oklahoma City. It feels like home now. That's where I am." ESPN.com

A couple weeks after Adkins was hired, Durant was asked about his former coach’s promotion from the Maryland women’s basketball team to the NBA while attending Team USA training camp at the end of July. “I worked out with him a few days before,” Durant said. “We talked about it. He was excited that he got the opportunity. I support him. That’s family.” Washington Post

On the surface, the Washington Wizards’ decision to replace Ryan Saunders with David Adkins as player development assistant in July was unusual. Very rarely have coaches executed the leap from women’s college basketball to the NBA like Adkins did after five seasons on Brenda Frese’s staff at Maryland. The remarkable career progression, however, became an afterthought upon a perusal of Adkins’s coaching résumé: He was an assistant coach at Montrose Christian from 1999 to 2006, when Kevin Durant came through the Rockville private school. Durant, the reigning NBA most valuable player, is scheduled to be a free agent in 2016 when his contract with Oklahoma City expires and hasn’t rejected the possibility of returning to play for his hometown team. Washington Post

Wizards guard Bradley Beal admitted that he had “no idea” who Adkins was before the two met at the Las Vegas summer league in July, but Beal and swingman Martell Webster both credited Adkins for challenging yet enjoyable rehabilitation sessions that closely resembled game-like situations as they recovered from injuries to start the season. “He definitely pushes you to the max, man,” Beal said. “He wants the best for you, and he’s going to push you until your tongue is hanging dry. He’ll do whatever it takes to get you better.” Washington Post

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