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Jerry Colangelo 'contractual situation' comments clarified, about Kevin Love, not Kevin Durant

by Erik Horne Modified: August 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm •  Published: August 14, 2014

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

On Thursday, it was reported that USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo made comments at Team USA's basketball camp in reference to Kevin Durant withdrawing from the team.

Turns out, it was a misunderstanding, as CBSSports.com reports that a Team USA spokesman contacted CBSSports.com on the behalf of Colangelo to clarify that the comments were about Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, not Kevin Durant:

 

More than one report out of Team USA camp had Durant as the player in reference, but the "contractual situation" mentioned by Colangelo makes more sense in the case of Love, who is days away from being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and is entering the final season of his contract with the Timberwolves.

The comments looked at through a Durant lense would lend itself to talks that KD is being courted by Under Armour for more than $30 million per season. But the Durant withdrawal statement from Aug. 7 cites Durant needing "to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season."

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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