Maybe Kevin Durant switches NBA teams in a couple of years. When it comes to his shoe brand, the league's top scorer apparently is staying put.
Nike has reportedly countered a 10-year, $265-$285 million offer from Baltimore-based Under Armour. Durant's initial seven-year, $60 million with Nike expires in the near future, but the company had the right to match any offer. Obviously, Nike decided they couldn't let the Oklahoma City Thunder star and one of the faces of the NBA leave.
Fans of the Washington Wizards were kind of wishing they would have.
From ESPN's Darren Rovell:
Under Armour's huge play for Durant had many believing that Nike would even let him go at that price. But on Saturday, Nike officials told Durant and his team at Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports that it would indeed step up enough to allow the world's largest shoe and apparel company to keep him in its robust stable of basketball endorsers that includes LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
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.
Staying with Nike does not preclude the Seat Pleasant native from signing with the Wizards when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016. By the way, there is also no guarantee that Durant wants to leave Oklahoma City. It just appeared that a move by the local kid to the local major athletic appear brand maybe moved him closer toward joining the local NBA team one day.