Kevin Durant is one of the best basketball players on the face of the Earth right now. The OKC Thunder star is in a group of two with LeBron James for players who can really call themselves the best. Durant won that honour in 2014 with the NBA MVP Award.
And when you are one of the best in the world at what you do combined with being an incredibly likeable person off the court, a lot of people want you to represent their brand. In the case of Kevin Durant, these people are Under Armour.
Durant's sponsorship deal with Nike, that made him $60 million dollars over seven years, is set to run out and there are other companies who are ready to offer the All-Star a lot of money to steal him away from Nike. Under Armour, a relative newcomer in the basketball shoe world, are prepared to give a record amount of money to Durant to get him on board
"According to a person familiar with negotiations, Durant, whose seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike is expiring, could earn as much as $30 million annually if he signs with Under Armour Inc., whose headquarters are in Durant’s home state of Maryland.
Nike and Adidas are also in talks with Durant."
If UA are seriously prepared to offer KD that type of money, then over the next ten years - if he were to sign that long a deal - he could be down to make $300 million dollars, which is way more than he would be making from his work on the court.
The Washington Wizards would be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of Durant becoming an Under Armour man. As noted by Isola, UA are based in Maryland, with Durant being from Washington. The Wizards are hoping to get KD when he becomes a free agent and outside factors like this would only help their chances to make it a reality.
The deal wouldn't guarantee a free agency move, but it certainly wouldn't harm the Wizards chances. Durant will have to make that decision when he comes to it, first he has to decide which company he wants to give him a whole hunk of cash.