The Nets officially announced the addition of Durant on Sunday night as part of a sign-and-trade transaction with the Warriors that sent guard D'Angelo Russell to Golden State. Durant, who ruptured his Achilles tendon last month during Game 5 of the N.B.A. championship against Toronto, will likely be sidelined until 2020. I will always honor him and honor the number 35.
While the exact reason for Durant's move to No. 7 isn't known, Chip Brown of the Dallas Morning News (Wayback Machine archive) wrote back in 2006 that Durant wore No. 35 in honor of his former AAU coach Charles Craig, who was murdered at the age of 35 several years prior.
The perennial All-Star and two-time National Basketball Association champion, ranking third among active players with 22,940 points, has been National Basketball Association top scorer on four occasions, but last season suffered a calf injury and then an Achilles rupture which will rule him out of playing next season.
"We're thankful to Kevin for the incredible things he did for our team and franchise during his three years with the Warriors", Golden State general manager Bob Myers said.
The 30-year-old forward won back-to-back National Basketball Association titles with the Warriors in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season. "We wish him the best moving forward". But he says the change signifies the next chapter in his basketball career.
The Brooklyn Nets were much more than a last-minute change of heart for Kyrie Irving, but rather his preferred landing spot soon after his postseason ended with a disappointing four straight losses against the Milwaukee Bucks. "We're very excited to welcome Kyrie and his family to Brooklyn".