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Kevin Durant is apparently already looking at the end of his career and what’s next, and what could be next is being part of ownership of a NBA franchise.
The Golden State Warriors two-time champion has expressed an interest in being part of a franchise, and would love for that franchise to be in Seattle, a place where he was the second overall pick back in 2007.
“Of course I would [like to own a team],” Durant said on Wednesday night to ESPN after the Warriors win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“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 … yeah I’d be interested.”
The city of Seattle lost the Sonics back in 2008 after being a part of the cities landscape since 1967.
On Tuesday, the NHL announced they were awarding the city a new NHL franchise to begin play in the 2021-22 season.
Durant would love to add another NBA team to the city once again once he’s done with his playing days.
“It’s just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there,” Durant said. “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.
“I think the business side of it is obviously really fascinating to me,” he said. “How you can market and brand a team, how you can make the fan experience better? How you can just inject and infuse energy into a city? Which can just kind of get the ball rolling, not just in basketball, but also around the whole state. I love how that is.”
We shall see if eventually the 30-year-olds influence is enough for those that make the type of decisions to place a franchise in a city is enough to get people to listen.
LeBron James has also expressed in the past the same sentiment about the possibility of being part of a NBA ownership team.