Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant’s illustrious NBA career could be coming to a close quicker than anyone could have guessed.
In an interview with ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Durant says he could see himself hanging up his sneakers five years from now at age 35.
“This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it,” Durant told Haynes. “No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don’t. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that’s just a number in my mind.”
Durant, who turns 30 on Sept. 29, is expected to opt out of his current deal with the Warriors and could sign a five-year deal to stay in Oakland, something that would line up with his internal career timeline.
Already considered a surefire Hall-of-Famer, Durant’s career accomplishments are vast, including back-to-back Finals MVP in each of the last two seasons, a 2014 MVP, six All-NBA First Team selections and four scoring titles.
So while it seems 35 is a young number, given his accomplishments, there’s very little left for Durant to prove, especially because his ambitions within basketball – as they stand now – appear to go beyond just what he can do on the court.
“I don’t know if I’m going to still be in love with the game and want to be around it every day,” Durant said. “Who knows? I might want to be a coach or a GM or an owner or somebody that works guys out or somebody that’s trying to tell basketball stories like Kobe [Bryant]. Who knows?
“I feel like I have options. I’m young, I’m still learning life and about basketball. I have a whole life ahead of me that I’m excited about, and I thank basketball for opening up so many doors for me.”