Speaking before the Thunder played Golden State on Friday in Oklahoma City, Durant said he is in the process of terminating his five-year relationship with Aaron Goodwin, CEO of Seattle-based Goodwin Sports Management.
“There’s some truth to that,” Durant said when asked about the report. “It’s some stuff I’ve got to take care of first. But all I’m worried about is playing, man. I can’t let that affect me on the court.”
FOXSports.com first reported that Durant was leaving his agency.
Durant expressed his gratitude for the work Goodwin and his firm has done. The agency helped to build Durant’s brand into one of the league’s most marketable in just four full NBA seasons.
In its annual report on the NBA’s top-earning players, Forbes last month ranked Durant as the game’s eighth-highest earner at $24.5 million, which included $9 million a year in off-court income. Durant trails only Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kevin Garnett.
Durant’s sponsorships include Nike, Gatorade, Panini America, Skullcandy and Degree Men.
With the help of Goodwin’s brother and business partner, Eric Goodwin, Durant landed a starring role in the upcoming motion picture “Thunderstruck,” a Warner Bros. Studio production in which Durant will play himself. Durant wrapped up filming last month, and the movie is tentatively scheduled for a summer release.
The Oklahoman also has learned that Durant recently has completed major national sponsorship deals with Sprint and Apollo Jets, with the private charter company even agreeing to sweeten the deal by giving Durant a share of the company. Both deals, as well as a new local sponsorship with the Bob Moore Auto Group, were expected to be announced in the coming days.