In seven days, at exactly 11 p.m., Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder can come to terms on a contract extension. And the Thunder's star forward doesn't anticipate much time elapsing before an agreement is consummated.
"I'm expecting to get something done,” Durant told The Oklahoman when asked about his expectations for his first contact negotiation, which league rules permit to begin in earnest at midnight Eastern Time on July 1. "Hopefully I'll have a deal done and something set.” Durant, speaking from New York City while unveiling his likeness on the cover of the videogame NBA ELITE 11, will not be able to sign his new contract until July 8, when the league's annual moratorium period is lifted. But the three-year veteran forward said he is looking forward to July 1 and is getting excited about inking a new deal as soon as possible. "It's something that kind of shows you made your name in this league,” Durant said. "That's one thing that is kind of personal to me because I've worked so hard. Hopefully it gets done. I'm looking forward to that day.” Under league rules, Durant can sign an extension to his rookie deal for up to five years. The new contract would begin in the 2011-12 season and, if for the maximum amount of years, would last through the 2015-16 season. A deal of that degree would effectively lock up the league's fastest-rising star in Oklahoma City. At 21, Durant became the youngest player to win the league's scoring title, averaging 30.1 points per game in 2009-10, and finished second behind LeBron James for league MVP honors.