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August 20, 2014 Updates
August 19, 2014 Updates

After re-releasing the Grant Hill and Grant Hill II in a variety of colorways for the past year and half, FILA is preparing for the re-launch of the former All-Star swingman's third signature shoe. Now being called the FILA 97, the Grant Hill III was a mid-cut silhouette supported by FILA's controlled 2A cushioning technology. On October 10, the shoe makes its way back to retail. Sole Collector

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

August 13, 2014 Updates
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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