Durant Says He Could Envision Retiring At 35

While veterans like Vince Carter, Manu Ginobili, and Jason Terry continue their NBA careers into their 40s, Kevin Durant doesn’t sound like he’s planning to play quite that long. Speaking to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Durant said that he can envision himself deciding to retire at age 35.

“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.”

Durant, who will turn 30 in September, just won his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP and has established himself as one of the top two or three players in the league. While his raw scoring numbers have dipped a little since he arrived in Golden State, Durant has been more efficient than ever with the Warriors, with a shooting line of .525/.400/.882, and has evolved into an excellent defender.

Given Durant’s dominance, it’s hard to imagine he’d opt for retirement in just five or six years. Durant’s business partner Rich Kleiman tells Haynes that the former MVP has talked to him in the past about potentially retiring at age 35, but Kleiman is skeptical.

“I heard him say that, but I’ll believe it when it happens,” Kleiman said.

When Durant does eventually move into the next stage of his career, he’s expected to remain involved in basketball. The star forward has previously talked about his desire to own an NBA team, but admits to Haynes that his post-playing career could take a different direction.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Durant said. “That’s the beauty. I’d hate to say, ‘Man, I don’t want to do this, do that’ when I’m done playing. I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m going to still be in love with the game and want to be around it every day. 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,” Durant continued. “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.”

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11 thoughts on “Durant Says He Could Envision Retiring At 35

  1. camdenyards46

    He has it as a number in his mind because he looks at it when he gets dressed every game

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    • Jeff Zanghi

      If they want him to play longer they should tell him the only jersey number left is 40! haha obviously kidding but that is kind of funny his jersey number is the age he’s saying he wants to retire at – that is certainly a bit ironic.

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    • hiflew

      I think you have confused the word maturity with the word greed. Durant has made enough to retire very comfortably right now.

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      • padam

        I think you overlooked the word ‘ego.’ It’ll kick in…legacy is the bait.

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  2. stretch123

    If by age 35 he has 4 or 5 rings, might as well retire while on top

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  3. formerlyz

    When he realizes he has a chance to go down as the all time leading scorer, he wont retire

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  4. Just remembering, many many years ago Shaquille O’neal always said he would retire at 32… he went till what 39 I think, I wouldn’t believe or take stock of anything KD says now, is just news & rumors, he doesn’t even know himself, might be earlier or later, who knows.

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  5. toby312

    He didn’t blame his performance on a bogus claim of a broken hand

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    • JT19

      No, he just blamed it on Westbrook when the team played bad.

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