After suggesting back in October that he’d love to see the city of Seattle get an NBA team again, Kevin Durant went a step further on Wednesday, suggesting that it’d be a “great story” if he could be involved in the ownership of a Seattle franchise someday, as Nick Friedell of ESPN.com relays.
“Hell yeah,” Durant told Friedell when asked if he’d be interested in being part of an ownership group for a Seattle team. “Of course I would. No matter if it’s Seattle or any team, just to help young men grow. Or help men in the next phase of their lives as basketball players. Why not? Especially somebody who’s gone through it and been through just about everything as an NBA player, outside of getting traded, I’ve been through pretty much everything. I would love to give back to an organization, the knowledge that I’ve gained. So hell yeah I’d be interested.”
The NHL officially confirmed this week that it will launch a franchise in Seattle for the 2021/22 season, but an NBA return to the city still doesn’t appear to be on the table. As we detailed on Wednesday, most people around the NBA don’t expect the league to seriously consider the possibility of expansion for at least another five to seven years.
Nonetheless, Durant – who has expressed a desire in the past to get into NBA team ownership once his playing career is over – is hopeful that the city where he started his career will eventually get the SuperSonics back. And he’d like to be involved in that process, even as he acknowledges that it would be a huge challenge.
“It’s just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there,” Durant told Friedell. “More than any city in the league probably. Look, it would be a great story. But it would be a lot of hard work, it won’t be easy because it’s Seattle. After the press release and the first couple of weeks it’s straight to work.
“I know people want to tie me into Seattle a lot, and I love being part of that, but I’m not just waiting for that opportunity,” Durant continued. “Any opportunity that comes around where I could become [part of] an ownership group or a front office or anywhere I could just help the team as of right now in my life I would go for it, but who knows what will happen at the end of my career?”