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Thunder’s Kevin Durant Says He’s Signing a Five-Year Extension

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Kevin Durant, the National Basketball Association’s leading scorer last season, said on his Twitter account that he’s signing a five-year contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant posted the message on the social media website today.

League rules prohibit the Thunder from commenting about the possible extension, team spokesman Brian Facchini said in an e-mail. Teams cannot sign players until tomorrow, when the NBA’s 2010-2011 salary cap is set.

Durant, 21, led the NBA with a 30.1 points-per-game scoring average last season, his third in the league after being drafted No. 2 overall in 2007, when the Thunder were based in Seattle.

He was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2008 and earned his first All-Star nod last season, when he led the league in minutes played as well as field-goal and free-throw attempts.

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