Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant says he could see himself walking away from the game at 35-years-old.
Durant, currently 29, turns 30 in September and has quite the résumé already. He’s won back-to-back championships with the Warriors, is a two-time Finals MVP, the 2013-14 regular-season MVP, a nine-time All-Star and a four-time scoring champ.
“This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it,” Durant told ESPN. “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 is expected to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season but will re-sign with the Warriors. He signed a two-year, $51 million deal in the summer of 2017, taking close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary.
The 10-year veteran is turning down a salary of $26.2 million for next season and could ink a new five-year deal in July.
Durant, who many think has a chance to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s all-time scoring record, says he’s not focused on chasing that mark.
“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.”