- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant didn’t go for a spectacle in announcing where he’ll be for the next five years.

Instead, Durant simply posted an update on his Twitter page Wednesday, saying he’d agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant can’t sign the deal until Thursday and team spokesman Brian Facchini said he could not confirm the deal under NBA rules.

“Exstension for 5 more years wit the thunder….God Is Great, me and my family came a long way…I love yall man forreal, this a blessing!” Durant tweeted.

Another post soon followed, presumably about the contract: “First time i cried n a while … RIp Chucky, we doin wat we dreamed about..i swear i love all my bros!! yessir!!!

“Chucky” is one of Durant’s former coaches, Charles Craig, who was shot to death in Maryland in 2005.

The reigning NBA scoring leader is signed with the Thunder through next season under his original rookie contract, which would pay him about $5 million next year.

Oklahoma City, which is well under the salary cap, could offer Durant more than two times that much, depending on where the cap is set for next season.

Neither Durant’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, nor Durant’s spokeswoman, Mary Ford, immediately returned messages seeking comment. Yahoo Sports reported that Durant is expected to receive $85 million over five years and that Goodwin said the contract has a no opt-out clause after the fourth year.

Durant said last month that he wanted to stay in Oklahoma City, one of the NBA’s smallest markets.

“I hope it happens, man,” he said then. “I’m really emphasizing how much I really enjoy playing for the Oklahoma City team and playing for that city.”

Durant was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 draft and won the Rookie of the Year award. Last season, he was selected as an All-Star for the first time and averaged 30.1 points to become the youngest player to lead the league in scoring.

He led the Thunder to a 50-32 record _ a 27-win improvement over the previous season _ and the first round of the NBA playoffs. Oklahoma City fell to the eventual NBA champion Lakers in six games.

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