CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Durant is a lifelong fan of the Washington Commanders and is hopeful that he could possibly be a part of the group’s new possession group if the chance ever introduced itself. The Brooklyn Nets star ahead follows the Commanders religiously, and like another fan, is ready to see what occurs with proprietor Dan Snyder’s potential sale of the workforce.
The Commanders introduced earlier this week that co-owners Snyder, and his spouse Tanya, have employed Bank of America Securities “to discover potential transactions involving the workforce.”
“In an ideal world, I’d be part of it,” Durant instructed ESPN. “I’d like to do it. I’d love to present just a little little bit of my cash to be part of the Commanders, however we’ll see. Hopefully it is someone good. I heard [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos and Jay-Z, however you by no means know.”
An individual with data of the scenario instructed ESPN’s John Keim that Bezos would have curiosity within the workforce, with a number of reviews saying Jay-Z may associate with a Bezos bid. Mat Ishbia, a finalist for the Denver Broncos, launched a press release expressing curiosity, as properly. Byron Allen, who additionally made a bid on the Broncos, has additionally mentioned he’d have an interest within the workforce if it went up on the market.
Like many who’ve adopted the Commanders by the years, Durant is shocked that Snyder seems to be on the verge of promoting the workforce.
“Yeah, I’m shocked truly,” Durant mentioned. “I imply how lengthy has he had it now 20-something years, he is most likely the one proprietor I’ve recognized since I’ve been alive for the Redskins/Commanders. So it is positively surprising to see him put them up as a result of it is his child. NFL groups are treasured, they’re essential.
“But that is going to be a workforce that everyone — all people desires to be part of the league. It’s one of the crucial profitable groups in sports activities so I’m certain there’s going to be lots of bidders.”
Durant views the Commanders as a sleeping large inside the NFL and believes the younger items are in place for the Washington to start out successful video games constantly. The Nets’ social media account posted a video of Durant giving his jersey to Commanders extensive receiver Terry McLaurin after Friday’s win over the Washington Wizards.
“Our market is unimaginable,” Durant mentioned. “There’s lots of assist in D.C., some huge cash in D.C. to be made. I really feel like we drafted properly the final couple years. We obtained some basis items that may make it easier to win soccer video games transferring ahead. So yeah, I feel it is a sexy vacation spot. Regardless of what is going on on, they beautiful a lot constructed that workforce up, constructed that stadium, constructed the model up fairly properly.
“I do know we have had some dropping seasons, nevertheless it’s beginning to come round for us. I’m excited as a fan. I’m excited concerning the sale. I’m excited to see who they carry in and who they promote the workforce to and see how we transfer ahead with it.”
Durant does have some expertise already being a part of an possession group for an expert sports activities workforce. In 2020, he purchased a 5% stake within the Philadelphia Union of the MLS, with the choice to purchase one other 5%. He turned a minority proprietor of the membership NY/NJ Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League in March. In October, he turned a co-owner of a pickleball workforce, alongside enterprise associate Rich Kleiman. In the previous he has mentioned his want of getting an NBA workforce of his personal as soon as his profession ends, doubtlessly serving to convey a workforce again to Seattle, however the potential to be a part of the Washington possession group hits nearer to house provided that Durant grew up within the D.C. space.
“I’d most likely keep extra of a fan than attempt to become involved with the workforce,” Durant mentioned, of being a part of a Commanders’ possession group. “And it might be one thing good for my household, and simply to have in our household, that may be unimaginable to be part of that group. Just get just a little nearer to the workforce if I have been to have the ability to be in that place. Try to study the enterprise, attempt to study from an possession’s perspective and a entrance workplace perspective, coaches’ perspective, attempt to get nearer to gamers.”
Durant is making an attempt to not get his hopes up, although. He demurred when it was recommended that his title and accomplishments would doubtless be welcome from a wide range of potential new possession teams. He is aware of that for as a lot cash as he is made out and in of the sport of basketball, it would not come near the sum of money that different potential suitors for the Commanders have.
“Of course,” he mentioned with a smile, when requested if he’d wish to be a part of a possible possession group. “I haven’t got some huge cash although. I haven’t got that a lot cash to say, ‘Look, man, let me get a bit of the workforce.’ So I’m certain it must work out a way, someway. I’d like to, clearly, however to be trustworthy I doubt that it will occur. It’s a five-, six-billion greenback workforce.”