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Kevin Durant Gets Honest About His NBA Future

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Kevin Durant Gets Honest About His NBA Future

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 02:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Phoenix Suns reacts against the Atlanta Hawks during the third quarter at State Farm Arena on February 02, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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At age 35, Kevin Durant is still one of the top players in the NBA, and it almost seems as if he hasn’t aged one bit.

He’s one of a trio of superstars along with LeBron James and Stephen Curry who is still playing at an elite level despite possessing tons of wear and tear.

Durant said in response to a question that James could hold up physically into his mid-40s, but when he was asked if he would want to play himself until that point, he said he just wants to make it through this year, per Duane Rankin.

“I just want to make it through 35,” Durant said.

Durant and James faced off on Sunday, and Durant’s Phoenix Suns won 123-113.

Although Durant shot just 7-of-20 in that game, he’s shooting 53.0 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3-point while averaging 28.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.

Phoenix started the season off in rough form, partly due to injuries, but they have won 15 of their last 21 games and are in sixth place in the Western Conference with a 34-24 record.

They gave up tons of draft capital, as well as two good players in Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson, to get Durant a year ago, and in doing so, they put lots of pressure on themselves.

With Durant getting older, if the Suns don’t win the NBA championship this year or next, the Durant trade could prove to be extremely costly, as they have very few draft picks to use on rebuilding in the coming years once Durant leaves or retires.


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