Kevin Durant doesn’t officially hit the free agent until July 2016, but ever since LeBron James announced his move back to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2014 NBA’s Most Valuable Player has already been rumored to come back to his hometown Washington Wizards.
Now it’s been reported that he could earn four times more than he earns now with Nike if he signs with Under Armour, which could help bring him back home.
According to a person familiar with negotiations, Durant, whose seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike is expiring, could earn as much as $30 million annually if he signs with Under Armour Inc., whose headquarters are in Durant’s home state of Maryland.
“I’m just going to let my team be the ones who handle that behind the scenes, I guess,” Durant told ESPN last week. “When you look at stuff like that, it’s great problems to have because people want you for what you know and do on the basketball court, the work you put in, so I’m going to continue to put my work in, let them focus on that on the other end, and we’ll come together at some point.”