The Nets, who inked center DeAndre Jordan on Saturday, added top talent to a solid young playoff team and figure to be even tougher with Durant, who will miss next season after undergoing surgery to fix a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
"Along with the rest of the league, our coaching staff has long admired Kevin's incredible skill, resilience and tenacity", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. Rather than No. 35, which the 10-time All-Star has worn for the entirety of his National Basketball Association career, he will don No. 7 in Brooklyn.More news: AOC disavows her earlier suggestion Pelosi is racist
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"35 was chosen in honor of someone very near and dear to me".
The Brooklyn Nets officially added forward Kevin Durant on Sunday, announcing his arrival as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Golden State Warriors a week after the 10-time All-Star announced his intentions to join Brooklyn. "But as I start this new chapter in my basketball life, the number I'll be wearing on my back is the number 7".
The 27-year-old point guard, who spent more than eight seasons with the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, has averaged 22.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals over 508 career games. "We wish him, Shabazz and Treveon nothing but the best in the years ahead". The Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals in each of his three seasons with the team, with Durant earning the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in both championship seasons (2017 and 2018).