Beijing time October 9th, basketball star Kevin Durant said in a show that from the current situation, the Nets will be the last stop of his career.
Since signing with the Nets in the offseason last year, Durant has been in a recovery period from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Having been so loyal before playing for the Nets in a game, it seems Durant really loves this team.
However, whether he can retire in the Nets does not depend on his personal wishes. In addition to his own ideas, there are three other factors that determine whether Durant can "live his old age" in the Nets.
First of all, it is the relationship between Durant and Irving. The two joined the Nets as free agents during the offseason last year, largely because the two are very good friends in private. Durant recently admitted that the two had discussed joint matters during the 2019 All-Stars.
However, friendship cannot be the whole reason for maintaining teammate relationships. Especially Durant and Owen are sensitive people. Before the two as opponents, apart from the long-term expectation in the offseason, they could only meet a few times during the long season. The so-called distance produces beauty, and the relationship between the two will naturally not get tired.
As teammates, the two not only have to get along day and night, but also directly face the issues of team status and ball distribution on the court. Irving had previously had a gap with James because of similar issues.
Once Irving and Durant have a conflict, the Nets must face a choice between two. If they are at their peak, Durant must be the one left behind. But Irving is four years younger than Durant. Durant is now 32 years old. In a few years, the answer to this question may be different.
The second factor that may allow Durant to leave the Nets is the team's specific record. It is still unknown how powerful the combination of Irving and Durant can show. In particular, Owen had a poor chemical reaction with his teammates during the season, and there was an embarrassing situation in which the Nets' record rose after Owen's truce.
In the next few seasons, after Irving and Durant come back, if the team's chemistry is not good, or the two perform well but they cannot be converted into a record, then the Nets may have to reluctantly give up their love and choose to dismantle the dual-core pair. . Just like the crisis that Leonard and Paul George will face this offseason.
Even if the Nets do not take the initiative to abandon Durant, Durant himself may also have the idea of a transfer. After all, he is fighting for James as a benchmark. After the Warriors won two controversial championships, he still won't be satisfied. If the Nets have a poor record and there is a better chance of winning, I believe Durant will not hesitate.
The third and most important factor is Durant's recovery from injury. The NBA is a business league, and only a handful of superstars have the privilege to decide their own destiny. Retiring in a team is just an idea that can only be generated by expensive players. According to the current coffee position, Durant has such privileges.
However, Durant suffered a serious injury like a ruptured Achilles tendon after all. In the past cases of the NBA, the player who can return to the top after a ruptured Achilles tendon is almost the only "human movie essence" Wilkins. If it is difficult for Durant to return to his peak state after his comeback, it may be difficult to take the absolute initiative in the issue of staying.
Durant’s current contract is a four-year, $164 million big contract signed with the Nets last year. The fourth year is a player option. Durant can choose to opt out of the contract during the 2022 offseason. So the best case is that he will be in good condition for the next two seasons, and he can renew a maximum salary contract with the Nets after jumping out of the contract. In that case, his dream of retiring in the Nets should not be difficult to realize.