Would Durant to Besiktas change Clay Bennett’s hardline on lockout?
Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that he has met with officials from Turkish club Besiktas and has likewise begun exploring opportunities for Durant in Spain and Russia.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Slide over George Costanza. This is ‘The Summer of Kevin’.
Clearly, Kevin Durant is making the most of his time away from his day-gig with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A typical summer would see Durant train under the eye of OKC officials. This, however, has not been a typical summer because NBA players are locked-out.
The scoring champ’ has been free to live a Costanza inspired life of pick-up runs and you tube clips (all that’s missing is taking a bite of a hunk of cheese.)
The good press has made Durant the star of the lockout, which contributed to Besiktas floating him an offer to suit up for the Turkish club.
Here’s the question: how does Clay Bennett – the shrewd businessman and owner of the Thunder – feel about Durant heading abroad and generating revenue for another owner?
Bennett is one of the hardline owners who will sit the entire season to attain a hard cap and 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income.
Durant assuming wear-and-tear and risking injury in a second-rate league in Europe may frustrate Bennett enough to change his perspective.
It’s one thing if his prize asset, Durant, is state-side. It’s another if he’s generating millions of dollars for another league.
Hopefully, Durant joining a foreign club pushes Bennett off his stance. Then ‘The Summer of Kevin’ would have been a success.
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