Rap mogul Jay Z is reportedly responsible for NBA superstar Kevin Durant pulling out of Team USA’s summer basketball competition in hopes of securing a substantial contract offer.
According to reports, Young Hov is concerned with looking out for his Roc Nation client’s interest.
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. (Sheridan Hoops)
Some reports claim a $30 million contract offer and KD needing time away from serious competition are the top reasons for his withdrawal.
The comments looked at through a Durant lense would lend itself to talks that KD is being courted by Under Armour for more than $30 million per season. But the Durant withdrawal statement from Aug. 7 cites Durant needing “to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season.” (News OK)
After beating Brazil 95-78 this past weekend, Team USA will compete later this week in New York.
Next up for USA Basketball is a couple of exhibition games at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 20 and August 22. They’ll play the Dominican Republic team and then Puerto Rico, as they decide on a final 12-man roster. (CBS Sports)
Last year, KD said his Oklahoma City Thunder fans did not need to worry about Jay Z trying to lure him to another basketball team by signing him to Roc Nation Sports.
“He has nothing to do with if I’m going to leave OKC or none of that. I heard that before, so put that out on the table. He has nothing to do with that. He knows his lane with me. Their team knows their lane with me. And they’re letting me handle the basketball part. I would tell fans not to worry about that at all.” (The Oklahoman)