KD ‘would love’ to own a future NBA team in Seattle

Warriors superstar has long shown an interest in a front office or ownership position

Karl Buscheck
December 06, 2018 - 1:37 pm

Kevin Durant, back-to-back Finals MVP, and boss of his own off-court burgeoning business empire, has long expressed an interest in becoming an NBA owner when his playing days are done.

On the heels of Seattle being awarded an expansion NHL franchise, ESPN’s Nick Friedell asked Durant about his interest in the possibility of owning a club, in his NBA hometown.

“Hell yeah,” Durant said after Wednesday’s 129-105 win over the Cavs. “Of course I would.”

“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 hell yeah I’d be interested.”

Patience, a lot of it, would be required for Durant to realize such a dream:

“The NBA doesn't have expansion anywhere on its timeline,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported in October, after the Warriors played an exhibition in Seattle.

Durant, for his part, is well aware of the myriad hurdles standing between Seattle getting another club — nevermind him becoming the owner:

“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. After the press release and the first couple of weeks it’s straight to work.”

“I know people want to tie me into Seattle a lot, and I love being part of that, but I’m not just waiting for that opportunity. Any opportunity that comes around where I could become [part of] an ownership group or a front office or anywhere I could just help the team as of right now in my life I would go for it, but who knows what will happen at the end of my career?”

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