Kevin Durant is in support of the NBA returning to Seattle. Durant was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics and played one season for the team before they relocated to Oklahoma City.
"For sure," Durant told ESPN. "Most definitely. It's a basketball city. It's a sports town. ... They have a good representation of basketball in the NBA from Seattle-born players, Washington state-born players. And I feel like that whole brand deserves an NBA team. Just like the Golden State Warriors deserve a team or the Los Angeles Lakers deserve a team, Seattle is that same way. [A team] has that same type of impact in the community. So [we have] a lot of time in life before this whole thing is over, and I'm sure we'll see a team before it's time."
Durant has always spoken fondly of his time in Seattle and still feels a connection with his first professional home.
"I look back on it and picture what it would have been like to [still] live there and play there, but I had no control [over the move]," he said. "I spent some great, great years in Oklahoma City, and that path was perfect for me. But I still got a connection with the Northwest area, always going up there with Nike in Portland, making trips to Seattle here and there, just knowing that I'm always going to be a Sonic. I think no matter what jersey I put on, I think those fans know that."