Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Warriors' Durant hints at retirement -- when he's 35

Warriors' Durant hints at retirement -- when he's 35

Sports after winning the NBA Championship for the second consecutive season, Durant believes joining a "super-team" with three other NBA All-Star players in the starting lineup was far more hard than James leading a squad that was retooled at the trade deadline in February back to The Finals for the fourth straight year.

Durant made it clear that he has little desire to be a team's unquestioned alpha dog, saying that "to be one of [the] guys, that's what I always wanted". But, he confirmed he will remain in Golden State at multiple points during the regular-season and most recently a couple days ago.

Therefore, the only question becomes how much money he will end up making.

Durant, who has worn the No. 35 all throughout his career with Texas, Oklahoma City and now Golden State, averaged 28.8 points during the Warriors' four-game sweep of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, which ended Friday.

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Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters Monday that Durant can sign whatever contract he wants.

"Sometimes you don't negotiate", Meyers said, via USA Today.

"I heard him say that, but I'll believe it when it happens", Kleiman told ESPN.

Kevin Durant is now basking in the glow of his second straight National Basketball Association title and second straight Finals MVP status.

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"I think it's more that "we have to figure this out", it's not like anybody is pointing the finger or blaming one another". "He's earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. Want him to be happy and want him to know we want him as long as he wants to be here". He's earned that, to kind of lay out the terms. He can do whatever he wants. That shouldn't be a long negotiation. "Our goal, to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so that's the pieces of the puzzle we've got to try to figure out".

Durant said he wants people to realize that he gave it his all. If you have to have the best ISO player on Earth, then you've got to live with some ISO's when maybe you don't want them. Nothing to me was that shocking, but we went through some stuff. Andre's injury really hurt us before that and helped Houston get back in the series.

Both Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have been a huge part of the Warriors' success in the last four years so it is a wise move for the Warriors to ensure that they will be on the team in the next couple of years.

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