News: Kevin Durant Unlaces Jay-Z Deal, Addresses If Roc Nation Sports Means OKC Thunder Exit
Monday, Jul 1, 2013 6:05PM
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has discussed his recent power move to becoming a Roc Nation Sports client and why Jay-Z holds no weight in where a future with his NBA team goes.
According to KD, OKC fans do not need to worry about Young Hov trying to lure him to another basketball team.
"He has nothing to do with if I'm going to leave OKC or none of that. 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." (The Oklahoman)
Durant also recently spoke on his unexpected decision to make Jay an official business partner.
"It just seemed like a perfect move to me, something that there's no risk in doing," Durant told ESPN.com's Darren Rovell in a "SportsCenter" interview. "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." (ESPN)
Last week, Durant made sure to formally show the world he is officially a part of Roc Nation Sports.
The Thunder star Instagrams his signing with Roc Nation Sports. It's official: Kevin Durant is the newest member of the Roc Nation family. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar posted a photo on his Instagram account of himself and Jay-Z signing the paperwork to make his agency change official. Durant is just the latest member of an impressive roster of clients Jay-Z has built up since jumping into the agency game, which includes Robinson Cano and Geno Smith. (USA Today)
The news came days after Jay became officially licensed and allowed to sign Roc Nation Sports prospects.
And yesterday, the Sports Business Journal revealed that he won't have to do it through Creative Artists Agency, the sports agency that Roc Nation partnered up with back in April. That's because, as of this week, Jay-Z is officially licensed to be an NBA agent. So he will be able to sign new clients and negotiate on their behalf moving forward. All of that being said, it's still a little unclear how soon Jay-Z will actually sign his first client (who, by the way, is widely rumored to be Kevin Durant). A source who spoke with ESPN.com yesterday revealed that Jay is still holding onto a small stake in the Brooklyn Nets, which means that he cannot serve as an NBA agent just yet due to an NBA rule that says team owners cannot be agents. But as soon as he unloads his stake in the Nets, he'll be free to start signing players immediately. (Complex)