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Durant officially joins Nets, to wear No. 7

Durant officially joins Nets, to wear No. 7

The Warriors, of course, had to make it worth the Nets' while and attached a pick along with KD to get Brooklyn to go along.

"The entire coaching staff is excited to have the opportunity to coach a player of Kyrie's caliber", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. Rather than No. 35, which the 10-time All-Star has worn for the entirety of his National Basketball Association career, he will don No. 7 in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Nets have officially announced the signing of Durant (and Kyrie Irving), while Golden State has confirmed the addition of D'Angelo Russell via a sign-and-trade.

After announcing his free agency signing with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, Kevin Durant has also unveiled he will be starting his Nets career with a brand new number on the back of his jersey, the number seven.

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"Kevin is a champion, perennial All-Star and one of the great players of this, or any, generation", general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. But he says the change signifies the next chapter in his basketball career.

Durant - only the sixth man to win consecutive Finals MVPs - averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists last season. He missed most of this past season's playoffs, first with a calf injury and then the Achilles rupture during the NBA Finals - a series Golden State lost to Toronto in six games.

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.


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