Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman that switching his representation to Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports is not a sign that he will leave the Thunder once he is eligible for free agency.
"He has nothing to do with if I'm going to leave OKC or none of that," Durant said. "I heard that before so put that out on the table. He has nothing to do with that. He knows his lane with me. Their team knows their lane with me. And they're letting me handle the basketball part. I would tell fans not to worry about that at all."
Durant signed an $85 million contract extension with the Thunder in 2010 that runs through the 2015-16 season. He has changed agents three times in his six-year career. The reason he joined forces with Jay-Z was to increase his marketing potential, according to ESPN.
Durant is Roc Nation Sports' first NBA client. He signed with Jay-Z's company last week.
"It just seemed like a perfect move to me, something that there's no risk in doing," Durant told ESPN. "Jay-Z is someone who is a guy who is well-respected in the business area, a guy that has done so well for himself and his brand. I'm looking forward to partnering with him and learning as much as I can from him."
Durant's endorsements include BBVA Compass, Gatorade, Nike, Panini America, Skullcandy headphones, Sprint and 2K Sports.