Yesterday the Golden State Warriors made a statement in which they announced that no player in Warriors history will ever wear number 35.
That statement came from the Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob, who described Durant as someone that carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court.
Here is Lacob’s full statement:
“Today, as he starts a new chapter in his incredible career, we thank KD for all of his contributions, for being an integral part to one of the most prolific runs in NBA history and wish him well as he continues his Hall of Fame journey. As long as I am Co-Chairman of this team, no player will ever wear #35 for the Warriors again.”
Durant joined the Warriors in the summer of 2016, after spending 8 seasons with the OKC Thunder. He played 3 seasons with the Warriors while winning 2 championships along with two Finals MVP’s, but now he will continue his story, as his new chapter is leading him to Brooklyn.
This reaction is in stark contrast with the infamous letter Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote about LeBron after he decided to join the Heat. It shows a level of maturity the league has developed in adapting to player empowerment.
Durant plans to sign a 4-year, 164$ million contracts where he will be joined by free agents Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan who also plan to sign with the Nets.
On the other side, it seems the Warriors are going to be fine as they resigned Klay Thompson and brought All-Star D’Angelo Russell in.