Retirement may already be on the horizon for Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. That’s at least what Durant’s agent hinted at on Wednesday.
While speaking at The Player’s Technology Summit, Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman, said that the Warriors All-Star forward may retire in seven years.
“When he retires in seven years…” Kleiman said about Durant, via NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Schiller.
On the surface, Durant having a clear timeline for when he wants to retire may seem shocking. But Durant will be turning 30 years old in September so if he retires in seven years, that actually quite appropriate.
Also, Durant himself has said that he wants to retire early and told ESPN’s Chris Haynes in June that he can envision himself retiring at 35 years old
“This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it,” Durant said. “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.”
According to Durant, he wants to retire at 35 because he wants to go out on his own accord and could care less about chasing records and accolades.
“Because it’s not about [the record],” Durant said. “I can leave the game knowing I did everything I wanted to do, my way, on my terms. That’s how I want to leave the game. And if I happen to have all these accolades and these accomplishments, then that’s cool. If not, I’m still cool.
“So I don’t think that’s going to define me as a player. It’s a cool accomplishment to be up there with the greats and to be considered someone who can potentially chase that, or beat that, but I’m not playing for that.”
“Especially if I continue to approach the game the right way every day like I’ve been doing, hell yeah. Hell yeah I can move on,” Durant added. “No matter how many points I score, no matter how many people I pass up, no matter how many points I leave on the table, my legacy, as we always like to talk about, I can go up and ask any person who has ever seen me play and they’ll have a different way of viewing my game. So it’s hard for me to go out there and play for that type of stuff because it changes through so many people. So many groups of people probably view my game differently. So, it’s hard for me to focus on that.
“But I will focus on the people that love me the most, that encourage me, that pour into me and vice versa. I value what they say and how they feel about me more so than anything because that’s who I really went through this journey with, those people. That’s what my legacy lies in. I know they’re going to view it as a perfect career no matter what.”