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Kevin Durant Just Made A Shocking Statement About His Future

Kevin Durant standing center court.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors waits for play during a 127-123 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant will turn 30 years old before the start of the 2018-19 NBA season. The Golden State Warriors star forward is right in the middle of his prime. He's likely got several more years left at an elite level, especially with the way he plays.

The 6-foot-9 forward is so long that he doesn't necessarily need elite athleticism to be a great scorer. He has it, of course, but when it starts to fade or go away, his scoring ability doesn't have to go with it.

So, it's easy to imagine Durant playing in the league well into his late 30s. Dirk Nowitzki, for example, will turn 40 before the start of next season and he plans on playing for at least one more year.

Durant, though, might have plans on retiring a lot sooner than that.

In a new interview with ESPN, the Golden State Warriors star revealed he might retire at age 35.


Kevin Durant, the back-to-back NBA Finals MVP, told ESPN that he could see himself walking away from the game at 35 years of age, five seasons from now.

"This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it," said Durant. "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 in September, could ink a five-year deal in July. If he went down that path, it could end up being his last contract.

Of course, it's easy to say that now. It's a lot tougher to actually walk away when the time comes.

Durant's business partner, Rich Kleiman, is skeptical.

"I heard him say that, but I'll believe it when it happens," Kleiman told ESPN.

You can read the full Q&A here.