OKC Thunder: NBA reimburses Thunder for part of Kevin Durant's contract extension

The NBA Board of Governors on Thursday voted to reimburse the Thunder for a portion of the contract extension it signed Kevin Durant to in 2010.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 18, 2013

To qualify, a player has to be named an All-Star starter twice, an All-NBA First, Second or Third Team member twice, or be named the league MVP once in his first four seasons. Durant earned First-Team All-NBA honors in his third and fourth seasons.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook eventually was eligible for the 5 percent bump in salary as well. But Westbrook chose to sign his contract before the end of the 2011-12 season, the year in which he earned his second straight All-NBA selection.

Oklahoma City couldn't afford to retain James Harden in part because of Durant's unexpected salary bump. Harden ultimately was traded to Houston for financial reasons in October 2012.

The Thunder now carries a $70 million payroll, putting the franchise less than $2 million from exceeding the punitive tax threshold. The limitations have forced the Thunder to remain quiet this offseason while many other teams have improved through free agency.

The website grantland.com first reported the reimbursement.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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