Report: Collison to earn roughly $11 millionAccording to a report by ESPN.com late Tuesday night, Thunder forward Nick Collisonâ€™s four-year contract extension is worth slightly more than $11 million. The website reported that Collisonâ€™s deal is a carefully and creatively constructed, front-loaded contract that will pay the eight-year veteran more than half of his money in the remainder of this season. With the Thunder still more than $6.5 million beneath the $58 million salary cap, the organization was allowed to offer Collison a signing bonus of that amount to cover most of the deal. When Collisonâ€™s new deal kicks in during the 2011-12 season, however, his salary will decrease to just over $3.3 million, according to the report, and fall to $2.2 million in 2014-15, the final year of the deal. The uniquely constructed deal is expected to allow the Thunder to retain a key veteran glue guy while also maintaining maximum financial flexibility to keep its younger players, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, James Harden and Serge Ibaka, together once their future extensions kick in. â€œ(Thunder GM) Sam (Presti) came to me with an opportunity to maybe get something done,â€ Collison said after Tuesdayâ€™s practice. â€œWe worked on it and got to a deal we thought was good for both parties. I think weâ€™re both happy with it.â€
DURANTâ€™S ANKLE DOING WELLA day after playing a game-high 40 minutes in his first game back after a two-game absence caused by a sprained ankle, Durant said Tuesday his left foot is feeling fine. Durant practiced Tuesday without experiencing any further setbacks. â€œIâ€™ll just continue icing it and getting treatment,â€ Durant said. â€œIâ€™ll be all right. I feel good, though.â€ After Mondayâ€™s win over Minnesota, Durant said the only issue he had in his return was his conditioning, saying he was winded early.
SCOUTING DALLASThe Mavericks come to the Oklahoma City Arena tonight playing on the second night of a back-to-back after Tuesday nightâ€™s home game against Detroit. Itâ€™s only the second back-to-back for the Mavs this season. Last Saturday, Dallas went on the road to beat Atlanta in the Mavsâ€™ first game on the second night of a back-to-back this season. â€œTheyâ€™re good,â€ said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. â€œTheyâ€™ve got a talented and deep team. They play well together. And their defense has improved. â€¦ We have to come with a lot of focus and play well to beat them.â€ Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki ranks sixth in the league in scoring at just over 24 points per game. Guard Jason Kidd ranks fifth in assists at 9.3 per game. Before Tuesdayâ€™s game, the Mavs were holding opponents to 92.2 points per game, fourth-fewest in the league.
BRIEFLYGuard Thabo Sefolosha recorded his fifth double-double in a Thunder uniform Monday when he scored 13 points with 11 rebounds. It was his first since Feb. 24. â€¦ Tonightâ€™s game is the first of three games the Thunder will play vs. Dallas this season. OKC was 2-2 vs.the Mavs last year. By Darnell Mayberry
Report: Collison to earn roughly $11 million