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After Winning 3rd Olympic Gold Medal, Kevin Durant Signs 4-Year, $198 Million Extension With Brooklyn Nets

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 8, 2021

Fresh off winning his third Olympic gold medal on Friday in Tokyo, Kevin Durant has officially signed a four-year, $198-million extension with the Brooklyn Nets.

News of the deal was first reported Friday by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“We know who he is,” Nets owner Joe Tsai said in a statement. “Kevin Durant will establish his legacy in Brooklyn as one of the greatest ever. On behalf of the Nets organization, my family and our fans, we are excited and humbled to see a lot of Kevin for years to come.”

Durant’s fellow “Big 3” members James Harden and Kyrie Irving can sign extensions this offseason.

Durant on Friday scored 29 points as the U.S. beat France, 87-82, to win its fourth straight gold medal. Durant, who earlier in the Olympics surpassed Carmelo Anthony as the all-time U.S. scoring leader, has scored 30, 30 and 29 points in three gold-medal games.

“Kevin is a transcendent talent who continues to drive and push this franchise and the game of basketball globally,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks said. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with him for years to come. Kevin’s impact both on and off the court cannot be overstated. His unparalleled drive and leadership generate sustained excellence from himself while also elevating the performance of his teammates, positioning this organization to continue the pursuit of our championship goals in Brooklyn.”

After suffering an Achilles tear in the 2019 NBA Finals with Golden State, Durant was acquired by Brooklyn via a sign-and-trade on July 7, 2019. He appeared in 35 games during the 2020-21 regular season, averaging 26.9 points on a career-best 53.7 percent shooting from the field, a career-best 45.0 percent shooting from 3-point range and 88.2 percent shooting from the free-throw line, 7.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.3 blocks in 33.1 minutes per game.

Durant was named an NBA All-Star for the 11th time in his career (each of the last 11 seasons he’s played in) and an All-Star Game starter for the ninth time, although he did not play in the game due to injury. Durant tallied 20 or more points 29 times, including 15 games with 30 or more points and three games with 40 or more points. He also notched 12 double-doubles. Durant saw action in all 12 of Brooklyn’s playoff games, averaging a playoff career-high and franchise-record 34.3 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the field, 40.2 percent shooting from distance and 87.1 percent shooting from the free-throw line, a playoff career-best 9.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and playoff career highs in steals per game (1.5) and blocks per game (1.6) in 40.4 minutes per contest.

Durant totaled 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and two steals while playing all 48 minutes in a come-from-behind Game 5 victory over Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, becoming the first player in NBA Playoff history to register 45 or more points, 15 or more rebounds and 10 or more assists in a game. Durant added 48 points, nine boards and six assists in 53 minutes in an overtime loss in Game 7 of the same series against the Bucks, setting an NBA record for most points scored in a Game 7.

Durant is a two-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP (2017 and 2018 with Golden State), the league’s 2014 Most Valuable Player with Oklahoma City, a nine-time All-NBA selection (six-time first team selection), a four-time scoring champion (2010-12 and 2014) and the Rookie of the Year in 2008 as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. He ranks 26th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 23,883 points (third among active players), 27th in 3-pointers made with 1,655 (10th among active players) and 35th in field goals made with 8,138 (third among active players).

The Nets last week re-signed Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown while adding former Spurs guard Patty Mills, veteran forward James Johnson, guard Jevon Carter and draft picks Cam Thomas and Day’Ron Sharpe.


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