Kevin Durant’s partnership with Nike might just be nearing an end.
Durant’s deal with Nike expires this week and there promises to be at least one other major suitor for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
sources say Under Armour, based in his home state of Maryland, is preparing a robust offer.
“Nike has been a part of me ever since I was in high school and have been great since I’ve been in the league but I’m just going to let my team be the ones who handle that behind the scenes, I guess,” Durant said. “When you look at stuff like that, it’s great problems to have because people want you for what you know and do on the basketball court, the work you put in, so I’m going to continue to put my work in, let them focus on that on the other end, and we’ll come together at some point.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Under Armour has landed a high-profile player, as they signed Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors last year.
Still, one has to figure Nike will likely ultimately do what it takes to keep Durant. He’s an NBA superstar in his prime that’s fresh off an MVP season and the award’s acceptance speech that improved his marketability, even if it wasn’t Durant’s intention.
“I didn’t do that to be marketable, to be looked at as one of the more marketable guys,” Durant said in an interview with ESPN. “Was just being myself, and, if people like (me) for me being myself, then I’m cool with it. I’m not trying to be nobody else or act a different way. I’m still a work in progress just like everybody else so I’m just going to continue to keep being who I am, and I enjoy all the partners that partner with me. I just try to do my best to represent them and do everything in authentic ways.”
Durant averaged 32.0 points and 7.4 rebounds this past season.