Kevin Durant will have a new jersey number at the Brooklyn Nets.
The star striker announced on social media on Sunday that he will move to number 7 after having previously worn number 35 in the first 12 seasons of his NBA career
He explained the ruling in a statement published through Thirty Five Ventures, its business with manager Rich Kleiman.
Durant wrote in the statement: "35 took my family and myself from Seat Pleasant, MD and showed us The World allowed me to meet people I would never have met to experience things I was never allowed to experience, and to achieve things I could never have achieved I went to the University of Texas to play basketball, 35 allowed me to realize my dream of playing in the NBA in Seattle, 35 allowed me to play basketball in Oklahoma City and forging links and friendships that will last a lifetime in the Bay Area and two cha to win mission ships and form brotherhoods that will not break time or distance 35 was selected in honor of someone very close to me I will always honor him and honor the number 35. But as I start this new chapter in my basketball life, I'll be carrying number 7 on my back, next time you see me on the floor Once Brooklyn. "
Durant agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $ 164 million after spending the last three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning two titles and being named twice to the NBA Finals MVP.  The Nets officially announced that they added Durant to the warriors who sent Guard D & # 39; Angelo Russell to the Golden State on Sunday night, a protected election for the first round of 2020 in Brooklyn.  The Warriors announced last week that they will be exiting Durant's No. 35.
"Along with the rest of the league, our coaching staff have long admired Kevin's incredible skill and resilience and tenacity," said Nets manager Kenny Atkinson a statement. " He has already established himself as a champion and one of the best players of all time, and we could not be more excited about welcoming him to our program in Brooklyn. Dura The on-court debut for the Nets may not take place until after this season. He broke his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 10 in Toronto and underwent surgery two days later.
Durant, who turns 31 in September, finished the postseason with an average of 32.3 points per game on 51% field shooting, 44% shooting at 3-point range and 90% shooting at the free throw line. He was the first player in NBA history to score an average of 30 points per game in 50-40-90 shots in a single postseason (at least five games).
He is a 10-time All-Star (MVP of the 2012 game and & # 39; 19) and six-time First Team All-NBA Team Winner. He also became 2007/08 Rookie of the Year and 2013/14 MVP. He has led the NBA four times and his current average of 27 points per game occupies sixth place of all time.