Perhaps the most intriguing part of Kevin Durant's withdrawal from Team USA is his current marketing activity. On the same day he packed his bags and left his fellow Americans without the reigning NBA MVP for the FIBA World Cup, rumors swirled about the possibility of his signing with Under Armour for $325 million.
Meanwhile, a few hours before Durant left Team USA, he unveiled a new NBA 2K15 teaser on his Instagram page. Durant is the cover athlete for the video game from Visual Concepts and 2K Sports, which debuts Oct. 7.
The caption from Durant (@easymoneysniper) reads: "First look at #NBA2K15 for PS4 coming 10/7. #YourTimeHasCome"
The video features Durant in Chesapeake Energy Arena crossing up and dunking over Andre Iguodala, his 2012 Olympics teammate. Other details include Durant's Nike KD7's (which, of course, will be outdated if he signs with Under Armour), a cutout of a Durant head in the crowd and some extra sweat. This can be explained by 2K expert "Ronnie."
— Ronnie 2K 2K15 (@Ronnie2K) August 7, 2014
Durant also served as a cover player on NBA 2K13, along with Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin. Now that Durant has left Team USA, the next time anyone may see him on a basketball court will come after his virtual likeness makes an appearance in NBA 2K15.
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