Did Nike know well in advance that Kevin Durant would be signing with the Golden State Warriors this summer? According to Durant, he didn't give his sneaker sponsor much of a notice about the move.

"I didn’t let them know what I was doing until I did it," Durant told CBS Sports' Bill Reiter when asked about the brand's influence on his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Nike's rollout of Warriors-themed Durant sneakers reflects this. The brand didn't have already-designed colorways ready to go when Durant made his big announcement, and instead quickly introduced his Nike KD 9 shoes to its custom site, NIKEiD, in Golden State colors.