BY ANDY AYARS
While the basketball world must wait until Summer 2016 to see if Kevin Durant re-signs with the Thunder or packs his bags, the reigning MVP's feet could be switching teams much sooner.
On Monday, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that KD could make $30 million a year...yes, a year...if he signs with Under Armor.
Durant signed a seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike in 2007, and according to a February 2014 Forbes.com article, his signature shoes came second only to LeBron James in 2014 with $175 million in domestic sales (The King? $300 million).
However, the prospect of $30 million A YEAR could make anybody get cold feet, right?
Here's a look at how the potential Under Armor deal stacks up against other NBA stars' annual shoe earnings:
- LeBron James, Nike: $20 million a year
- Kobe Bryant, Nike: $15 million a year
- Derrick Rose, Adidas: $14 million a year
- And just for fun...Michael Jordan, Jordan: $80 million a year
If KD drops the Swoosh and signs with Under Armor, he'll join the likes of fellow UA ballers Steph Curry, Kemba Walker and Corey Brewer.
What does a switch by Durant to Team Under Armor mean for the Wizards? Well, Durant joining the Baltimore-based company run by founder and former Terrapin Kevin Plank certainly doesn't hurt Washington's chances, as every connection to the area could increase the likelihood he "comes home." [See: LeBron James]
Furthermore, Plank and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis have teamed up in the name of philanthropy around the DMV in the past, and Plank wouldn't be a bad guy to have in the Wizards' corner come decision time.
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