Kevin Durant wants to join the new group of Commanders owners

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Durant, a longtime Washington Commanders fan, said he hopes to be part of the organization’s new ownership group if the opportunity ever arises.

The Brooklyn Nets star forward follows the COs religiously and is waiting to see what happens with the potential sale of the team by owner Dan Snyder.

Commanders announced earlier this week that Snyder and his wife, Tanya (co-owner of the team), had hired Bank of America Securities “to explore potential transactions involving the team.”

“In a perfect world, I would be one of them,” Durant told ESPN. “I would love to do it. I would love to give some of my money to be one of the commanders, but we’ll see. I hope he’s a nice person. I heard [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos and Jay-Z, but you never know.”

A person with knowledge of the situation told ESPN’s John Keim that Bezos is interested in the team, with several reports indicating that Jay-Z could join forces with an offer from Bezos. Denver Broncos ownership offer finalist Mat Ishbia also released a statement expressing interest. Byron Allen, who has also made an offer on the Broncos, also said he would be interested.

Durant, who was born and raised in the DC area, said he was surprised to learn that Snyder appears to be on the verge of selling the team.

“I mean, how long has he had it now – 20-something?” Durant said. “He’s probably the only owner I’ve known since I’ve been alive for the Redskins/Commanders. So it’s really shocking to see him put them up because that’s his baby. NFL teams are precious, they are important.

“But it’s going to be a team that everyone – everyone wants to be in the league. It’s one of the most lucrative teams in the sport, so I’m sure there will be plenty of bidders.”

Durant says he views commanders as a sleeping giant within the NFL and thinks the young pieces are in place for Washington to start winning games consistently. The Nets’ social media account posted a video of Durant giving his jersey to Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin after Friday’s win over the Washington Wizards.

“Our market is amazing,” Durant said. “There’s a lot of support in DC, a lot of money to be made in DC. I feel like we’ve been drafting well the last two years. We’ve got some building blocks that can help you win games from football in the future. So yeah, I think it’s an attractive destination. Regardless of what happens, they’ve pretty much built this team, built this stadium, built the brand pretty well.

“I know we’ve had losing seasons, but it’s starting to happen for us. I’m excited as a fan. I’m excited about the sale. I’m excited to see who they bring in and who they sell out. team and we’ll see how we go forward.”

Durant was once part of an ownership group for a professional sports team. In 2020, he bought a 5% stake in the Philadelphia Union of MLS, with the option to buy an additional 5%. He became a minority owner of National Women’s Soccer League side NY/NJ Gotham FC in March. In October, he became co-owner of a pickleball team, alongside his business partner Rich Kleiman. In the past, he’s discussed his desire to have his own NBA team once his career is over, potentially helping bring a team back to Seattle, but he says the potential to be part of Washington’s ownership group hits closer. from is home.

“I would probably stay more of a fan than try to get involved with the team,” Durant said of being part of a Commanders ownership group. “And it would be a good thing for my family, and just to have in our family, it would be amazing to be part of this group. Get a bit closer to the team if I could be in this position. Try to learn the trade, try to learn from an owner’s point of view and from a front office point of view, from a coach’s point of view, try to relate to the players.”

Durant, however, tries not to get his hopes up too much. He balked when it was suggested that his name and accomplishments would likely be welcome among a variety of potential new ownership groups. He knows that for as much money as he’s made in and out of basketball, it doesn’t come close to the amount of money other potential contenders for commanders have.

“Of course,” he said with a smile when asked if he’d like to be part of a potential ownership group. “I don’t have a lot of money, though. I don’t have a lot of money to say, ‘Listen, man, let me get a piece of the team. So I’m sure it should work somehow. I would, of course, but to be honest, I doubt that will happen. It’s a team of five, six billion dollars.

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