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September 3, 2014 Updates

How are contract negotiations going? Reggie Jackson: We haven’t really talked about it much this summer. I know my representation and the Thunder have been talking. But mostly I haven’t really gotten to talk super much about it. I’ve been busy. I think we’re just trying to figure things out and hopefully we can get a deal done. Do you think something will get done before the deadline? Reggie Jackson: I’m not sure. I’m always hopeful. I’m hoping for the best, expecting the worst. That’s just how I kind of approach things. I’m just happy and blessed to be able to play basketball another day and wake up another day. Just seeing another day is a blessing. I hope to get things done. But if not, it is what it is. I can’t really dwell on it. I have to go out there and compete. That’s where I am. I have to go out there and enjoy the game and trust that my representation and us sitting down and figuring things out is hopefully going to lead to us getting something done before the deadline. Oklahoman

To piggyback on that, what did you make of the deals Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons got this summer, and do you look at those extensions as sort of barometers for yourself? Reggie Jackson: Yeah. I definitely factor in all those things. Young players getting paid. Especially with Gordon, who I believe was the class before me, and then Chandler who was in my class. A second-round pick who I’m happy for. He went out and got a major payday, and hopefully he lives up to the expectations. I’m sure he’s preparing for this season. We met each other, I believe, our rookie year. Chandler’s a great guy. Oklahoman

What can we expect to see from you next season? Reggie Jackson: Probably an even more confident player. Just somebody who’s going to go out there and be free flowing. I think the great players in this league treat it as pick-up. They just go out there and have fun. They don't really think necessarily too much. They just play instinctively. I’m still trying to get better at not beating myself up about plays. Try to learn from them. I’ve got to move on and just continue to play and just correct myself and understand I’ve been playing this game my whole life. Oklahoman

Is it something that you can see happening next year, or on this team would you be more comfortable coming off the bench? Reggie Jackson: Nah (laughs). I don’t think about ever coming off the bench for any team. If that’s the role I’m put in, that’s what I’m put in. But since the day I thought about playing in the NBA, I’ve always been a starter. Everything I’ve thought about, whether it be middle school, high school, kids leagues, I never envisioned coming off the bench. When you think about playing basketball, you see the first five guys get on the floor, and that’s something I’ve always prided myself on being. I want to be the best player I can be. I want to be the best player in the world. I don’t think those guys are necessarily coming off the bench. So I’ve never thought about that or even had that idea in the back of my mind. Oklahoman

Reggie Jackson: For some people it’s important. To others it’s not. It’s very prideful for me. I feel like I’m very talented. I feel like I can lead a team. That’s just how I’ve been raised and that’s just how I’ve always felt. I want to be the guy in charge. I want to be the guy leading the team. The head of the snake. I guess that’s just how I’m encrypted DNA-wise. I played quarterback in high school. I had a year I was a receiver. But I was more comfortable playing quarterback. I’ve just always been good leading my team. That's how I’ve always been, being vocal. And when the ball’s in my hand, I feel like I can make the right plays and just impact the team. I definitely want to finish the game. That is the most important. But I’ve never envisioned myself coming off the floor. I always felt like I’d start the game and finish and play every minute of every game if that’s what’s asked of me. That’s one of the goals I’ve had and I still have to this day. Oklahoman

September 2, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant is staying with Nike. Nike spokesman Heter Myers confirmed that Durant will remain with the shoe giant. Myers said in a statement that Nike is "pleased to extend our relationship with Kevin Durant, one of the most exciting players in the game." Nike did not release terms of the deal. USA Today Sports

September 1, 2014 Updates
August 31, 2014 Updates

Steve Kyler: The Durant brand at Nike generated more than $175 million in 2013 sales, up from $35 million in 2012 - kicking KD $25-$28m won't kill them. LeBron James’ Nike brand generated $300 million in 2013 sales - so there is a lot of room for KD's brand to grow... Jordan did $2.25 billion. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Kevin Durant for the next 10 years, sources told ESPN. Nike, whose seven-year deal that guaranteed Durant $60 million is expiring, made an initial offer of about $20 million a year that was far from what Durant was looking for. Under Armour's huge play for Durant had many believing that Nike would even let him go at that price. ESPN.com

While the exact Nike offer for Durant isn't known, sources told ESPN that Durant should make more -- in base and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million). That's why fans in Oklahoma City were nervous about a possible move to Under Armour, which could have steered him more to returning to his local roots to play for the Washington Wizards when he becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season. ESPN.com

August 30, 2014 Updates
August 29, 2014 Updates

Now with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being selected with the 21st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, McGary told VICE Sports that going through the experience was "good for (him)." "It was a learning moment. The way I handled it was mature and responsible so I think people actually took my side against the NCAA," he explained. Sporting News

He also said he brushed off the people commenting on his social media profiles accusing him of doing drugs. "You know what? I did. Whatever. So what? I learned from it," he said, chalking it up to being a college student. Sporting News

August 27, 2014 Updates
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