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March 21, 2015 Updates

They traded future first-round picks for Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter in separate deals, and though those players are young and the picks protected, those are the sort of win-now moves the Thunder hadn’t engaged in until this season. They are the mark of a team that knows time is precious — that failure today carries a scary downside that is no longer so far in the distance. And as rival executives note, those moves — especially the acquisition of a low-post scorer like Kanter who has a nice pick-and-pop chemistry with Westbrook — provide the road map for a post-Durant team in the worst-case scenario of his departure. Grantland

The stuff about Durant and his connection with the Oklahoma City community is not just rhetoric. It's a real factor in his situation going forward, a unique relationship between a city and its team's players that will no doubt be on display during the Thunder's final home games that will come without him. He'll be hurting in ways that go beyond the pain in his foot, just like every other elite athlete who's so miserable when they can't take part in their craft. The Thunder faithful will support him in street clothes just like they have all the others who fell victim to such physical setbacks — Westbrook through the meniscus tear and multiple knee surgeries, Ibaka with his torn calf and so many others, too. USA Today Sports

March 20, 2015 Updates

When asked if Durant was being shut down for the season, Presti said, "Essentially, that's the direction we're headed right now." Durant was held out of practice Thursday as he was "experiencing a little bit of soreness," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Thursday. ESPN.com

Mark Woods: No timetable for return. “When he’s happy” says Presti. Could be before play-offs or not. “Most important thing is his health" Twitter @markbritball

Russell Westbrook is on an absolute tear right now. Six triple-doubles in eight games, the NBA’s leading scorer and an all-around menace on the court. He’s got lots of fans, including none other than Allen Iverson. In fact, The Answer said last night during the Sixers broadcast that he’s “the biggest Westbrook fan I think there is.” AI added that Westbrook “reminds me so much of myself as far as his heart, laying it on the line night in and night out.” SLAM

March 19, 2015 Updates
March 18, 2015 Updates

LeBron James remains the biggest endorsement star in the sport with estimated earnings of $44 million this year off the court, and he is still the king when it comes to moving product. Nike sold $340 million worth of James’ signature shoes in the last 12-months through January, up 13% from the prior year, according to SportScanInfo. It is nearly double the amount of the NBA’s second best seller, Kevin Durant. Durant’s KD signature line of sneakers had sales of $195 million in 2014 for Nike, up 11% from the prior year. This follows a meteoric 400% rise in 2013 when Nike flooded the market with the popular KD VI. The low-top version of the this season’s KD7 in flashy colors like teal and pink is a bit hit with female teens, according to SportScanInfo footwear analyst Andy Annunziata, who compiled the sales data for Forbes. Nike made a huge bet on the NBA’s reigning MVP last summer when it inked Durant to a 10-year contract extension that could pay as much as $300 million, including royalties. It is the richest player endorsement deal in the history of sports. Forbes.com

 

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