Kevin Durant isn’t influenced by any desire to make his mark in the NBA.
The Warriors star can become a free agent after the 2018-19 season if he opts out of his current two-year deal, and there has been plenty of speculation about whether he will leave the two-time defending champs to join a new team.
Durant said Tuesday that he doesn’t feel the need to leave Golden State and build a legacy elsewhere, because the NBA will never “fulfill” him.
“It’s more so, what else do I want to experience? How do I see myself playing on a possession-by-possession basis, do you know what I’m saying? That’s what I’m looking forward to,” Durant told NBC Sports when asked about what he still wants to achieve in his career.
Durant, 30, is a two-time NBA Finals champion and MVP. He is expected to receive multiple max deal offers should he test the waters of free agency this summer. His decision to join the Warriors after the 2015-16 season was controversial, but according to him, there is no pressure to prove he can win in another city.
“I don’t need anything in this basketball world to fulfill anything in me,” Durant said. “The NBA is never going to fulfill me. It’s going to make me feel good about all of the work that I’ve put in, but I think those days of me wanting to prove something to anybody or walk around with a huge chip on my shoulder is not my thing.”
“It wasn’t before, and I felt like I had to program myself to play with a chip on my shoulder, but I’m never good in that situation. I’m more relaxed and letting these days flow. I’m the best version of me.”
Durant says he never planned on becoming a scoring leader or MVP. It just happened organically. Focusing on the day-to-day activities, getting better and being with friends and family have more value to him.
“I love to continue to push the limits on who I am as a person,” he said. “Just the flow of life and the type of people I want to be around, the environment I want to live in.”