It’s being reported that Jay-Z is the person behind NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s exit from Team USA’s sumer basketball competition with the mindset of locking down a big contract offer.
Reports state that Jay is protectingr his Roc Nation client’s interest. Needless to say, some big names aren’t too happy about this move.
As stated on Sheridan Hoops, “Team USA is only the latest entity to be left with a sour taste after dealing with Durant and his latest agent. The folks at Nike aren’t exactly happy. The folks at Gatorade already were unhappy. “It’s like Jay-Z is determined to do a scorched earth negotiation with everyone Kevin Durant is currently aligned with, and they aren’t doing him any favors,” one source close to Durant told SheridanHoops on Friday as Team USA prepared for its first exhibition game in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.”
Many view that the potential $30 million contract offer and KD needing a break serious competition are the main reasons for his departure from the team.
As stated on News OK, “The comments looked at through a Durant lense would lend itself to talks that KD is being courted by Under Armour for more than $30 million per season. But the Durant withdrawal statement from Aug. 7 cites Durant needing “to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season.” (News OK)