After announcing his free agency signing with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, Kevin Durant has also unveiled he will be starting his Nets career with a brand new number on the back of his jersey, the number seven.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP had previously worn the number 35 at every level of competition, from his college career at The University of Texas to his most recent stint at the Golden State Warriors.
A Twitter post on his Thirty Five Ventures account also reveals that Durant’s original choice of the number 35 was to “honor someone very near and dear” to him and that the number seven marks a new chapter in his basketball life. The motivations behind Durant switching his jersey number were not entirely clear. See below.
— Thirty Five Ventures (@35Ventures) July 7, 2019
According to ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant’s four-year deal with the Nets is worth $164 million.
Sources: Durant will sign a 4-year, $164M deal with the Nets; Irving will sign 4-years, $141M.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019