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Kevin Durant is not forgetful. 

The former Warriors star revealed as much in an interview with Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes published Wednesday. Durant, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency this summer, clapped back at Toronto Raptors fans in Scotiabank Arena who clapped and cheered his torn Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June.

“It will probably be the last time they will be in the Finals,” Durant told Haynes. 

Durant, according to Haynes, "doesn't remember hearing the fans that night," but it's possible he just jump-started a new rivalry in the dramatically revamped Eastern Conference.

The Raptors might not look much like defending champions next season following the departure of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in free agency, while longtime point guard Kyle Lowry can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Toronto has 25-year-old wing Pascal Siakam and 22-year-old OG Anunoby to fall back on as young cornerstones, but the Raptors' reign in the East isn't set to last very long at all with Kyrie Irving and Durant in Brooklyn, and Al Horford joining up with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

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The Nets won't have Durant for much if not all of next season, however, as he continues to recover from the ruptured Achilles. Given the absence of Leonard and Durant from any Nets-Raptors games, Toronto and Brooklyn conceivably could be fighting for playoff positioning next season, and Durant's comments should add some extra spice. 

 

While Durant's likely Chase Center debut during the 2020-21 season is one that most NBA fans will have circled, his first game back in Toronto surely won't be too far behind following his quip.