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Early lesson on money pays off for Kevin Durant

Thunder star learned from his mother how to save his money. Now he's applying those same skills as he prepares to sign a multi-million dollar contract extension.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: July 2, 2010 at 10:06 am •  Published: July 1, 2010

Money, he says, would be the last thing that would change him.

"I never had (a lot of) money when I was growing up," Durant said. "So to make it into the league first of all was a big change for me. So I don't think if I get an extension it'll change.

"And I want to be the greatest. I don't just want to play for the money. The money doesn't really mean too much to me. I just want to be one of the best ever and win. That's what I'm still working for."

It helps that Durant came into the NBA with more money than he knew what to do with. As the No. 2 overall pick, Durant's rookie contract guaranteed him more than $18 million over four years. Even before signing his rookie deal, Nike paid him handsomely to say the least — a $60 million contract over seven years that came with a shiny $10 million signing bonus. Not to mention the $1 million signing bonus Durant received from Upper Deck.

"I never really was big on money to be honest with you," Durant said. "So I'm not a guy that when I got drafted I went to go buy a lot of different things just because I never had them before. I felt the same. I felt regular. I'm sure if I get a contract I'll feel the same way."