Kevin Durant decided to open a new chapter in his career as he not only said farewell to the Golden State Warriors and changed the West Coast for East Coast, he also changed his old No. 35 jersey for No. 7.
The Brooklyn Nets officially announced the addition of Kevin Durant as he moved from the Golden State Warriors after spending the previous three years at Oracle Arena, winning a couple of NBA championships along the way. It was a sign-and-trade deal, and the Warriors received All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell, forward Treveon Graham, and guard Shabazz Napier. The Nets got a protected 2020 first-round pick along with Durant.
KD penned a four-year deal with the Nets, worth up to $164 million, and he will play with Kyrie Irving at Barclays Center.
The New York Knicks were also in the mix to land Durant, but their GM decided against the move as they were concerned with Kevin’s latest injury. Durantula ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, and the Knicks didn’t want to offer a max contract to Durant, which proved to be unpopular decision among the Knicks fanbase.
Only hours after his move to the Nets was confirmed, Durant announced that he is changing the No. 35 jersey he wore for the first 12 years in the NBA for the No. 7. Thirteen players wore the No. 7 with the Nets prior to Durant’s arrival, including Kenny Anderson (1992-1996) and Joe Johnson (2013-2016).
Durant’s former team, the Golden State Warriors, announced they would retire KD’s No. 35 jersey.