Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has dismissed fears he will leave the team after signing with Roc Nation Sports - the agency run by Jay-Z.
Durant told The Oklahoman that his switch does not mean he's looking to leave the Thunder when his contract expires in 2016.
The former-Texas forward signed an $85m contract extension in 2010 that ties him to the Thunder until the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
And an ESPN source claims the reason behind Durant's change of agent has more to do with brand management rather than contract renegotiation.
And speaking to the Oklahoma-based newspaper Durant confirmed as much. He said: "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."
Durant has become Jay-Z's first NBA client after signing with Roc Nations Sports last week.
Durant told ESPN: "It just seemed like a perfect move to me, something that there's no risk in doing.
"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 is widely regarded to be the second best player in the NBA behind four-time MVP LeBron James. And he's also one of the most marketable athletes in America.
The Thunder star has sponsorship agreements with a range of companies, including Nike, Sprint, Gatorade and 2K Sports.
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