Speaking before the Thunder played Golden State on Friday in Oklahoma City, Durant said he is in the process of terminating his five-year relationship with Aaron Goodwin, CEO of Seattle-based Goodwin Sports Management.
“There’s some truth to that,” Durant said when asked about the report. “It’s some stuff I’ve got to take care of first. But all I’m worried about is playing, man. I can’t let that affect me on the court.”
FOXSports.com first reported that Durant was leaving his agency.
Durant expressed his gratitude for the work Goodwin and his firm has done. The agency helped to build Durant’s brand into one of the league’s most marketable in just four full NBA seasons.
In its annual report on the NBA’s top-earning players, Forbes last month ranked Durant as the game’s eighth-highest earner at $24.5 million, which included $9 million a year in off-court income. Durant trails only Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kevin Garnett.
Durant’s sponsorships include Nike, Gatorade, Panini America, Skullcandy and Degree Men.
With the help of Goodwin’s brother and business partner, Eric Goodwin, Durant landed a starring role in the upcoming motion picture “Thunderstruck,” a Warner Bros. Studio production in which Durant will play himself. Durant wrapped up filming last month, and the movie is tentatively scheduled for a summer release.
The Oklahoman also has learned that Durant recently has completed major national sponsorship deals with Sprint and Apollo Jets, with the private charter company even agreeing to sweeten the deal by giving Durant a share of the company. Both deals, as well as a new local sponsorship with the Bob Moore Auto Group, were expected to be announced in the coming days.
“I really appreciate what the Goodwins did for me, but it was time for me to move on,” Durant said.
Aaron Goodwin could not be reached for comment Friday.
The development, though, is an unexpected turn of events. Goodwin spent two days with Durant this week, traveling to Oklahoma City to watch the Thunder-Jazz game on Tuesday before attending the Thunder-Rockets game on Wednesday. Goodwin was seen on the court with Durant following Tuesday’s game, as well as standing outside the team’s locker room with Durant after the Rockets game.
Durant said he has not yet settled on a new agency. He said his brother, Tony Durant, will assist in handling his affairs in the meantime. It is believed that Tony Durant will begin full-time management of Kevin Durant, with an established agency likely entering in and aiding in an advisory role.
“I haven’t decided yet,” Durant said. “Like I said, I just got to focus on basketball and me and my brother will take care of the rest.”