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08:15 AM ET 07.20 | The NBA's Board of Governors on Thursday voted to reimburse the Thunder for a portion of the contract extension it signed Kevin Durant to in 2010. But the refund is nothing more than a gracious gesture, given three years too late and without the proper provisions to do any real good. The reimbursement, The Oklahoman has learned, has no bearing on the Thunder's team salary. Durant's larger-than-expected extension will continue to count against both the cap and the team's tax computations. Although the exact amount of the reimbursement is unclear, a league source with knowledge of the situation said it is not the full amount of the roughly $15 million in additional salary that Durant received. Durant signed a five-year extension worth approximately $89 million in July 2010. But the league didn't ratify its collective bargaining agreement until December 2011, and Durant was grandfathered in. Oklahoma City in 2011 protested Durant's inclusion to no avail.

The Oklahoman

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July 20, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Hmmmmmmmmm....

July 20, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hmmmmmmmmm....

Things that make you go.................

July 20, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Show Us The Money, Bros.

July 20, 2013  09:35 AM ET

sometimes when you come out of retirement you come to regret it- just look at Jordan!


just getting back in from a late, great night - ughhh, passing out for a while ;)

July 20, 2013  10:27 AM ET

Okay this is confusing. If you start retroing one player than would you need to retro all other players. He signed the contract before the new CBA. Will big 3 in Miami get retroed?

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July 20, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Okay this is confusing. If you start retroing one player than would you need to retro all other players. He signed the contract before the new CBA. Will big 3 in Miami get retroed?

I agree with you 100%. Contracts are contracts, period. Covenants are to be kept not changed.

That's why I don't understand why people say Kobe is selfish for sticking to his end of his contract and seeking whatever he wants on the next one. Saying he won't accept less doesn't mean he'll get it or won't change his tune. It could very well mean his departure but he's never not kept his part of his deals: Give it 100% and get the big bucks.

Not many, some but not many give it their all like the Mamba does...

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July 20, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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I agree with you 100%. Contracts are contracts, period. Covenants are to be kept not changed. That's why I don't understand why people say Kobe is selfish for sticking to his end of his contract and seeking whatever he wants on the next one. Saying he won't accept less doesn't mean he'll get it or won't change his tune. It could very well mean his departure but he's never not kept his part of his deals: Give it 100% and get the big bucks. Not many, some but not many give it their all like the Mamba does...

Kobe deserved the max he got until this season. The $30 million was for the last ring he brought in. Now after the next season w/ a new contract, he should accommodate other superstar(s) coming in by taking some paycuts to make the team better again. Lakers should go after the young stars while they are a lot cheaper then Lebron or Melo. They can get a combination of Paul George and DCousins.

July 20, 2013  12:01 PM ET
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I don't recall anyone saying kobe should 'give back any $' or anything like that

I think what most of us were trying to convince you and the other laker homers is that the decision on whether to let kobe go could've been made this year cause its the last year of the amnesty. and it could've accelerated the re-build.

I actually think the decision will be HARDER next year-
cause then you'll have to actually negotiate on what he's going to want to stay-
I'm sure laker management has a # in mind.
but i'm telling you it's going to be real dicey and bad blood will abound

Fair enough on some levels, mercy on others. I was referring to when he said he wouldn't give a discount next go around. He may or may not. I think he's using the Apple Pie method. You know if you don't ask for the sale (contract in this case) you won't get it.

I might get flack from my fellow 16 time champion fans <-- brown-nosing. But I said Kobe should be amnestied a long time ago. My naive wishes were that he would sit out one season with pay and come back on the cheap in order to build a real roster. And I meant it. It would have kept Howard in town, and can you imagine what a rested, refreshed and hungry Kobe would be capable of?

Anyway, c'est la vie. I'll live with a stinky season, that will teach me humility and enhance my prayer life as I will be doing for a win more than I'm used to. Then on to the future with hopes, dreams and fingers crossed.

July 20, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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Kobe deserved the max he got until this season. The $30 million was for the last ring he brought in. Now after the next season w/ a new contract, he should accommodate other superstar(s) coming in by taking some paycuts to make the team better again. Lakers should go after the young stars while they are a lot cheaper then Lebron or Melo. They can get a combination of Paul George and DCousins.

Agree. See comment number 10.

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July 20, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Fair enough on some levels, mercy on others. I was referring to when he said he wouldn't give a discount next go around. He may or may not. I think he's using the Apple Pie method. You know if you don't ask for the sale (contract in this case) you won't get it. I might get flack from my fellow 16 time champion fans <-- brown-nosing. But I said Kobe should be amnestied a long time ago. My naive wishes were that he would sit out one season with pay and come back on the cheap in order to build a real roster. And I meant it. It would have kept Howard in town, and can you imagine what a rested, refreshed and hungry Kobe would be capable of? Anyway, c'est la vie. I'll live with a stinky season, that will teach me humility and enhance my prayer life as I will be doing for a win more than I'm used to. Then on to the future with hopes, dreams and fingers crossed.

All I can say to that is GO IRISH!!

July 20, 2013  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Kobe deserved the max he got until this season. The $30 million was for the last ring he brought in. Now after the next season w/ a new contract, he should accommodate other superstar(s) coming in by taking some paycuts to make the team better again. Lakers should go after the young stars while they are a lot cheaper then Lebron or Melo. They can get a combination of Paul George and DCousins.

For $30 mil a year I hope the resign kobe and let him limp up and down the court for the next three years.

July 20, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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For $30 mil a year I hope the resign kobe and let him limp up and down the court for the next three years.

Even with that, you Cavs will never win a title.

July 20, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Fair enough on some levels, mercy on others. I was referring to when he said he wouldn't give a discount next go around. He may or may not. I think he's using the Apple Pie method. You know if you don't ask for the sale (contract in this case) you won't get it. I might get flack from my fellow 16 time champion fans <-- brown-nosing. But I said Kobe should be amnestied a long time ago. My naive wishes were that he would sit out one season with pay and come back on the cheap in order to build a real roster. And I meant it. It would have kept Howard in town, and can you imagine what a rested, refreshed and hungry Kobe would be capable of? Anyway, c'est la vie. I'll live with a stinky season, that will teach me humility and enhance my prayer life as I will be doing for a win more than I'm used to. Then on to the future with hopes, dreams and fingers crossed.

Hey! That was the same suggestion I made and I was getting killed for it. They thought it was hate but that was actually for the good of the team.

July 20, 2013  01:18 PM ET
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Even with that, you Cavs will never win a title.

lol, you are really obsessed with the Cavs-

of course- without the Lakers to follow this year since they are going to be AWFUL, maybe you should follow the Cavs? LOL

they are gonna be a lot better than the Lakers that is for SURE , lol...

did those DVDs come in the mail yet?

July 20, 2013  01:34 PM ET
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lol, you are really obsessed with the Cavs-

of course- without the Lakers to follow this year since they are going to be AWFUL, maybe you should follow the Cavs? LOL

they are gonna be a lot better than the Lakers that is for SURE , lol...

did those DVDs come in the mail yet?

I know we're going to be bad this season, even said it myself. Any and all wins by the Lakers will be (fewer but) sweeter this year. But if I'm going to follow another team why would I want to follow another loser? I have the Bulls in my back yard plus the Heat, Nets, Knicks & Pacers in my time zone.

I'll check the mail box for the DVDs when I return from dropping off my jean shorts at the Goodwill donation box...

 
July 20, 2013  01:38 PM ET
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I know we're going to be bad this season, even said it myself. Any and all wins by the Lakers will be (fewer but) sweeter this year. But if I'm going to follow another team why would I want to follow another loser? I have the Bulls in my back yard plus the Heat, Nets, Knicks & Pacers in my time zone. I'll check the mail box for the DVDs when I return from dropping off my jean shorts at the Goodwill donation box...

wow you said it yourself! that makes it ok LOL

so funny....the Lakers are going to be just TERRIBLE enough to miss the playoffs- but win enough games to get a draft pick that wont matter

the perfect combintation of suckitude, LOL

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