Kevin Durant has revealed that he would definitely seize any opportunity to own an NBA team after he retires from playing.
The Golden State Warriors star looks to have a few good years left in him still, but he's already thinking about the future and, given his special affection for Seattle, he'd prefer the chance to own a team there.
"Hell yeah," Durant told ESPN after the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night.
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"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."
Durant played for the Seattle Supersonics in his rookie season, before the team was sold and moved to Oklahoma. The superstar forward featured in a preseason game with the Warriors a few months ago and wore a Shawn Kemp jersey during pregame affairs.
He also addressed the crowd ahead of the match, expressing his desire to see basketball return to the City soon.
"It's just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there," he continued. "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.
"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?"
What This Means
Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion team for the 2021-2022 season on Tuesday and there's every possibility that they get an NBA team as well in future.
If Durant happens to own it, all the better. But that's still very far off and there's a whole lot of basketball to be played before he can even think about actually owning a team.