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August 12, 2014 Updates

Nick Collison’s blood-stained shoes being auctioned off by Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder is auctioning off a pair of historical shoes. Nick Collison’s game-worn shoes from the April 3 game against the San Antonio Spurs are up for bid as part of the Thunder Cares August Auction. You might ask: What’s so special about these particular shoes? Well, for starters, they have NICK COLLISON’S BLOOD ON THEM. Oklahoman

August 8, 2014 Updates

When you sensed that lack of energy and said Durant wasn't himself, did you or Coach K or anybody on the staff have a conversation with Durant about it? Jerry Colangelo: We kind of looked at it and, in conversation with him, never addressed that issue, but asked him questions: 'Everything OK? How's it going? Anything on your mind?' Of course, there's been a lot of things circulating about his business dealings. New representation, Nike, Under Armour negotiations, just a lot of stuff. And Kevin's the kind of guy, at least in my relationship with him and getting to know him, he doesn't need a lot of clutter in his life. CBSSports.com

He loves being on the floor, and he loves to play with great passion. And if he's not playing like a free spirit, which is who he is, that's a load on his shoulders. And I think all of it is probably weighing on him. Is he tired? Absolutely. I think mentally and physically, when he says he's wiped out, I believe he is. CBSSports.com

Kevin Durant's rumored move to Under Armour appears to be a foregone conclusion, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations told InsideMDSports.com. Durant, whose Nike contract recently expired, canceled a trip to the Swoosh's Oregon headquarters earlier this week amid speculation Under Armour had offered him a deal in the range of $30 million annually to become the ascending athletic brand's marquee pitch man. Sources told IMS earlier Under Armour's proposal could be as high as $325 million over 10 years. InsideMDSports.com

August 7, 2014 Updates

In talking recently with industry insiders there is a reason that Durant is garnering this much attention, not only because he is one of the top players in basketball, but because Durant moves product. In 2013 the Durant brand at Nike generated more than $175 million in sales, up from $35 million in 2012. That’s the biggest gain from any of the top brands, especially at Nike. Brand Jordan, the top money earner is said to have generated $2.25 billion for Nike, up slightly from the $2 billion Brand Jordan generated in 2012. LeBron James’ brand generated $300 million in 2013, roughly unchanged from the $300 million generated in 2012. Making Durant’s almost 500% increase in sales remarkable given the brand names he is line with. Basketball Insiders

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August 5, 2014 Updates

More than a year after his split from Reebok, Wall has become of the one of the faces of Adidas and said last week that he will have a signature shoe line, complete with a personal logo, released in October. During his time in Las Vegas, Wall got to break in his new sneakers and even put on some of his personal shorts and shirts after removing his Nike-produced USA Basketball gear. Washington Post

Wall signed a five-year, $25 million deal with Reebok before he was drafted by the Wizards, but that relationship came to an end in the third year. With Wall’s career stalled by injury and an unstable Wizards roster, the partnership with Reebok soured and he moved over to Adidas, which owns Reebok. The move took Wall from being the foundation of one brand into a situation where he had to prove his worth as a player to a company that already had a stable of established all-stars. Washington Post

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Kevin Durant’s contract expires soon, and the organization with which he’s been for what seems like forever is under siege. Every competitor wants Durant’s services, most notably an upstart in his youthful stomping grounds. We’re talking about Nike, of course, which has produced seven versions of Durant’s signature shoe, but Durant’s Swoosh contract runs out this week, and Maryland-based Under Armour plans to come after Durant with gusto. Oklahoman

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