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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Did Kevin Durant hint at jersey number switch in April?

Kevin Durant announced over the weekend that he will be sporting a new jersey number as he begins the next chapter of his Hall of Fame career, and some are wondering if he hinted at the change while he was still playing for the Golden State Warriors.

At the start of the playoffs back in April, Durant answered questions from reporters while wearing a hat with the No. 7 on it, which is the number he has chosen with the Brooklyn Nets.

The hat is part of a collection called the Compound “7” Snapback. Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry wore a similar hat during the playoffs, but it makes more sense since he wears jersey No. 7.

Of course, it’s possible Durant just likes the brand. Some fans will want to believe that Durant was subtly hinting at his departure from Golden State, but that seems unlikely during a playoff run. Changing jersey numbers is likely a representation of a new era for Durant, and a nice gesture from the Warriors may have actually helped him make the decision.

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