Kevin Durant revealed that he can envision stepping away from the NBA at the age of 35, which is just five seasons from now.
"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."
Durant coincidentally has worn 35 throughout his career.
Durant turns 30 in September and could sign a four-year deal in July.
Durant's business partner, Rich Kleiman, said Durant had previously shared with him that he might walk away at 35.
"I heard him say that, but I'll believe it when it happens," Kleiman said.
Durant and LeBron James have been viewed as two players capable of catching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to break the NBA's all-time scoring mark.
Durant explained why he's not chasing the mark.
"Because it's not about [the record]," Durant said Friday. "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."