The Golden State Warriors signed the largest of the NBA advertising patch deals this week, selling the space on its jersey for the next three years to Japanese tech company Rakuten.
Sources say the deal is worth $20 million per year, nearly doubling the second-highest deal, signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors will sport Rakuten’s genuine logo with red and black on their white jerseys and a white version of the logo on the blue-and-slate jerseys.
Rakuten, which owns cash-back site Ebates, messaging app Viber and e-book brand Kobo, has ratcheted up its sponsorship spending as of late. In July, its name started appearing on FC Barcelona’s kit in a deal worth 220 million euros ($262 million) over four years.
Source: Darren Rovell of ESPN
Kevin Durant ‘Not Sure’ If He’ll Play vs OKC
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who sat out Sunday night’s 118-111 win over the Brooklyn Nets with a left ankle sprain, told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that he’s “not sure” whether he’ll be able to play Wednesday at Oklahoma City.
“I’m just going to take it day by day and see how it progresses,” Durant said before the game.
Two-Time All-Star David Lee Announces Retirement
Two-time All-Star David Lee announced his retirement from the NBA on Sunday via Instagram.
Lee, 34, played for 12 years, finishing last season with the Spurs. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 79 games for San Antonio.
Isaiah Thomas on Rehab Drill: ‘Hardest I’ve Run’
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas participated in full-court five-on-zero offensive drills Sunday, marking the first time he has practiced with his teammates in that manner since he was acquired from the Boston Celtics in a trade involving Kyrie Irving in August.
Thomas, who is still recovering from a torn labrum in his right hip, told Cleveland.com that Sunday was the “hardest I’ve run” during the rehabilitation process and he “felt good for the most part” afterward.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN