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August 22, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.” NBA.com

Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Mark Daigneault to lead the 66ers – OKC’s D-League affiliate which is relocating from Tulsa to Oklahoma City this season. Daignealt is replacing Darko Rajakovic, who was promoted to the Thunder's coaching staff this offseason. Oklahoman

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 Mayberry: A lot of the younger players have been (in Oklahoma City) for most of the summer. They get away for stretches throughout the summer but return to work with the coaching staff. Guys like Mitch McGary, Steven Adams, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones have spent the majority of their time here. What they're working on is anyone's guess. Oklahoman

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

 

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