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PBL to send contract offers to Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin

by Jason Kersey Published: July 22, 2011
Thunder forward Kevin Durant was "drafted" by PBL fans to play for the league's new team in Scranton/Wilkes Barre. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN
Thunder forward Kevin Durant was "drafted" by PBL fans to play for the league's new team in Scranton/Wilkes Barre. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

If NBA players and owners fail to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, many superstars, including Thunder forward Kevin Durant, have spoken about the possibility of playing overseas.

That may not be necessary.

The independent Premier Basketball League, which has four teams, conducted an online lockout draft over the past week, allowing fans to “draft” their favorite NBA stars onto PBL teams, which will send contract offers to the top-10 vote getters.

Durant was the No. 5 vote-getter, with PBL fans selecting him to play on the Scranton/Wilkes Barre team, which is beginning operations in 2012. Clippers forward and former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin came in ninth, going to the Chicago Muscle.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was the top vote-getter, with fans selecting him for the Rochester RazorSharks.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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