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Durant signs Nike deal, spurning Under Armour

Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kevin Durant, the NBA's reigning MVP, announced Sunday that he would re-sign a shoe deal with Nike, rebuffing advances from Under Armour.

The 10-year deal with Nike could reach up to $300 million, with a $50 million retirement package, USA Today reported. This surpasses an Under Armour offer for the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar's endorsement estimated to be worth $250 million to $285 million.

Under Armour is looking to advance its share of the lucrative footwear sector, and it sees basketball as a valuable market, the Baltimore Sun reported. The sports apparel maker signed Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry away from Nike in 2013.

Retail sales of Durant's Nike shoes netted $175 million in the past year, the Sun reported.

Under Armour did score a key endorsement on Tuesday, however, with ESPN reporting that model Gisele Bundchen will be part of its women's campaign.

The Baltimore-based company released a video Tuesday morning, teasing the model's involvement with the brand with the slogan "I Will What I Want," and promising to reveal more on Sept. 4.

ESPN reported that Under Armour's women's sales account for about 30 percent of its business—at $500 million. The apparel-maker's women's campaign launched last month.

—By CNBC staff

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