Kevin Durant will have a new jersey number with the Brooklyn Nets.
The star forward announced on social media Sunday that he will switch to No. 7 after previously wearing No. 35 for the first 12 seasons of his NBA career.
Durant agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $164 million to play for the Nets after spending the past three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning two titles and being named NBA Finals MVP twice.
The Warriors announced last week that they will retire Durant’s No. 35.
His on-court debut for the Nets might not come until next season as he ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 10 in Toronto and underwent surgery two days later.
Durant, who turns 31 in September, finished the postseason averaging 32.3 points per game on 51% shooting from the field, 44% shooting from 3-point range and 90% shooting from the free throw line. He became the first player in NBA history to average 30 points per game on 50-40-90 shooting in a single postseason (minimum five games).
He is a 10-time All-Star (winning MVP of the game in 2012 and ’19) and six-time All-NBA first team honoree and also won Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 and league MVP in 2013-14. He has led the NBA in scoring four times, and his current 27 points-per-game average ranks sixth all-time.