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Kevin Durant retiring at 35? 'Maybe it was too much champagne that night'

Kevin Durant retiring at 35? 'Maybe it was too much champagne that night'

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After winning his second straight Finals MVP, Kevin Durant made quite the surprising comment. Durant, a basketball junkie, is apparently already thinking of when he will retire.

"This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it," Durant said Friday to ESPN. "No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don't. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that's just a number in my mind."

So much for that. Only three days later, Durant changed course and explained his comment Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

"You know, I was just thinkin' crazy stuff," Durant said. "I don't know why I said it -- maybe it was too much champagne that night. I don't know, I probably shouldn't have said that." 

Durant, who turns 30 in September, will be a free agent this offseason. He can sign up to a four-year deal to remain with the Warriors and has indicated multiple times he will be back with Golden State. 

In 11 seasons, Durant has accomplished everything an NBA player dreams of and more. The star forward is a nine-time All-Star, two-time champion, has won two Finals MVPs and won the 2013-14 MVP. 

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

NBA mock draft: How Anthony Davis trade affects teams' first-round picks

It’s draft time!

With the 2019 NBA Draft just days away, a slightly clearer picture has developed. The top three picks are close to a lock, but with the huge trade over the weekend between the Pelicans and Lakers, the draft board could get very interesting at the No. 4 pick.

Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers changes the whole league, and yes, the draft as well.

Teams are wrapping up their last draft workouts early this week and then they’ll enter the war room phase of the offseason.

[RELATED: Warriors have intriguing options at pick No. 28]

There are a handful of teams with multiple picks and it should be an active evening as teams prep for what lies ahead this summer. 

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NBA rumors: Draymond Green flew to New York, planned to visit Kevin Durant

NBA rumors: Draymond Green flew to New York, planned to visit Kevin Durant

It sounds like Draymond Green might have spent Father's Day in New York.

The Warriors forward flew from San Francisco to the Big Apple this weekend and had plans to visit with Kevin Durant, an NBA source told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“It’s his friend,’’ the source told The Post. “KD doesn’t have to be recruited by Draymond after being there three years.’’

Last Wednesday, Durant underwent surgery on his ruptured right Achilles tendon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley, who also performed the bone graft surgery on the two-time NBA Finals MVP's right foot back in March 2015. 

Despite their highly publicized verbal confrontation back in mid-November, KD and Draymond remain close and will still be friends even if they are not teammates next season.

Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in less than two weeks and can negotiate with other teams (including the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets) starting at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 30.

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Draymond is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 but is eligible to sign an extension (worth a maximum of about $100 million over four seasons) with the Warriors this summer.

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