Sonics ink draft picks Durant and Green
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics announced Wednesday
they have signed 2007 NBA Draft selections Kevin Durant and fellow first-
rounder Jeff Green. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.
The 6-foot-9 Durant was the second overall selection in the draft. He became
the first freshman to win National Player of the Year honors while averaging
25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for the Texas Longhorns last season.
Durant was also the winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy, the Naismith Award and
the Wooden Award, becoming the first-ever freshman in NCAA history to capture
any of those awards.
Green, taken three slots after Durant at No. 5, was acquired in a trade with
Boston that shipped Ray Allen to the Celtics.
Green averaged 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game over three seasons at
Georgetown University. He left the Hoyas ranking 17th in scoring, 16th in
rebounding and 12th in assists on the school’s all-time list. As a junior, he
also helped lead the squad to its first Final Four appearance since 1985.
The arrival of Durant and Green give the Sonics a much-needed boost to their
frontcourt after losing Rashard Lewis to free agency. Seattle is coming off a
disappointing 31-51 season in which it missed the playoffs for the second
Durant and Green, both forwards, are on the SuperSonics’ roster for the NBA
Las Vegas Summer League. They will make their professional debuts on July 6
when the Sonics battle the Dallas Mavericks at Cox Pavilion.