Q: How long is the contract for?
A: Five seasons. But the new deal doesn't begin until the 2011-12 season, which would keep Durant in town through the 2015-2016 season. Furthermore, there is no player option written into the contract, a clause league rules allow players and franchises to agree upon in case the player wants to bolt early. That means, barring a trade (highly unlikely), Durant will be in Oklahoma City for the next six seasons.
A: The value of the deal originally was estimated to be between $85 million and $86 million. That was before the league announced a salary cap of $58.044 million for the 2010-11 season. Based on next year's cap, a maximum contract extension for Durant would allow him to earn $87.79 million. The exact amount, however, will not be known until the NBA releases the salary cap figures for the 2011-12 season. If the cap increases again, Durant could earn closer to $90 million.
A: Nothing. Durant's new deal will not kick in until the 2011-12 season. Durant still has one more year remaining on his original rookie deal that will pay him $6.053 million this season. The Thunder will remain under the salary cap by more than $7 million even after Cole Aldrich, the No. 11 overall pick, is added to the books.
A: Loyalty. Durant has said for two years that he wants to be in Oklahoma City for as long as possible, and when the moment of truth came his actions backed up his words.
A: There is no correlation. Westbrook is eligible for an extension under what will be an entirely new collective bargaining agreement, so it is much too early to speculate what that could mean. Meanwhile, Green, who is also up for an extension this summer, is not the same caliber of player as Durant and shouldn't expect anything in the same ballpark. The lone possible connection, albeit greatly speculative, is feelings. There is a good chance Green's extension doesn't get done this summer since the Thunder could potentially re-sign him for cheaper under next year's new CBA. If that happens, will Green feel disrespected? It's doubtful. Green likes playing in Oklahoma City and is on record of saying he wants to extend his contract as well. Furthermore, Green has been Durant's sidekick for three seasons and his close friend for even longer. Few players in the league understand how deserving Durant is of his contract more than Green.
By Darnell Mayberry