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Durant told ESPN’s Chris Haynes he could envision himself retiring in five years at age 35.

“This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it,” said Durant. “No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don’t. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that’s just a number in my mind.”

“Because it’s not about (the record),” he said. “I can leave the game knowing I did everything I wanted to do, my way, on my terms. That’s how I want to leave the game. And if I happen to have all these accolades and these accomplishments, then that’s cool. If not, I’m still cool.

“So, I don’t think that’s going to define me as a player. It’s a cool accomplishment to be up there with the greats and to be considered someone who can potentially chase that, or beat that, but I’m not playing for that.”

But Durant’s agent Rich Kleiman doesn’t quite believe it.

“I heard him say that, but I’ll believe it when it happens,” Kleiman added.