Kevin Durant is in his 16th season in the National Basket Association (NBA). He’s not the type of player to stick to one team. During his career, he’s represented several teams. He came into the league as a first-round draft pick in 2007. Now in the later stages of his career, Durant is a player that many basketball fans will remember. Here’s a detailed look at the teams he’s played for.
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1. Phoenix Suns: 2023 to Present
Kevin Durant joined the Phoenix Suns in an unexpected NBA deadline day deal that saw him leave the Brooklyn Nets. He signed a four-year contract extension with the Nets in August 2021 worth $194 million and was bound to the club until 2025. He didn’t have an opt-out clause.
The circumstances surrounding his unexpected departure have much to do with Kyrie Irving. Durant thought they were finally building a ‘super team’ only for Irving to leave, something he admits informed his decision to leave.
“It was a blow for our team. He’s a great player. We relied on him on the floor because he can do everything. Without him, we lost our identity and it was hard for me to stomach that.” He told Yardbarker.
After the trade, the Suns now have control over the power forward until the 2025 season.
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2. Brooklyn Nets: 2019 – 2023
When he spoke about his decision to leave, he described his time at the Nets as some of his career’s most special four years. He joined the team with an Achilles heel injury he’d sustained the previous season.
In 2021, he renewed his deal with the team, only for him to leave in February for the Phoenix Suns.
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3. Golden State Warriors: 2016 – 2019
Despite interests from the Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks, Kevin Durant chose to join Golden State Warriors. He signed a two-year deal worth $54.3 million. Later, he joined a star-studded lineup with players like Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Clay Thompson.
He had a successful career here. He won the NBA championship twice in 2017 and 2018 and was the Most Valuable Player in both finals. However, his decision to join Golden State was met with criticism. He was accused of taking an easy route to the championship.
Further, his short stint at the Warriors left people wondering whether he left on good terms. Reports show that he didn’t get along with other superstars in the team and thus decided to leave. In his own words, “Although my time at Warriors was special, it was time to move on.”
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4. Oklahoma City Thunder: 2007 – 2016
Kevin Durant started his career in the NBA at the Oklahoma City Thunder, then called the Seattle SuperSonics. He was highly talked about and the team looked up to him to inject new life into it. At this time, he played alongside star players like James Harden and Russell Westbrook and led the team to a couple of playoffs. He played in the NBA finals between 2010 and 2012 unsuccessfully.
Despite his controversial moves, Kevin Durant remains one of the best players to have stepped into the court. Golden State Warriors is the only team he’s won the Championship with but he’s in great company. It would have been a shame for him to retire without a championship ring. Whether he can replicate that level of success elsewhere remains to be seen.
Kevin Durant’s Sponsors
Kevin Durant is only the third basketball player after Michael Jordan and LeBron James to land a lifetime deal with Nike. He inked the agreement in April 2023. It will see him receive some apparel and footwear from the brand as well as do community and philanthropic work.
You can get some of Nike’s footwear from Amazon.
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