Was Kevin Durant Engaged? Story Behind His Relationship With WNBA Star

Published 11/02/2021, 1:30 PM EDT


Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is regarded by many as the best player in the NBA. He has won two NBA championships in his career and was the Finals MVP on both occasions. However, he missed out on an entire season and came back to action in 2020. Durant is very close to his mother Wanda Durant, who has supported him through thick and thin.

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Apr 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up prior to the start of the game against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

However, there’s little or no information about Durant’s girlfriend. But he has previously been in a relationship that became official in 2013. Durant was dating WNBA star Monica Wright in the early 2010s and the couple even got engaged in 2013. However, they are no more in a relationship and have gone on their own paths.

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Who is Durant’s ex-fiancee Monica Wright?

Monica Wright is a former WNBA star who is currently into coaching. Monica had a short playing career of six years, where she played in different leagues around the world. She started her WNBA career with Minnesota Lynx and spent five seasons with them. Monica won two WNBA championships with the Lynx in 2011 and 2013. However, she played abroad as well in between her Minnesota tenure.

Monica Wright of Lynx goes after a loose ball with Phoenix Candice Dupree during Sunday’s WNBA game between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury at Target Center May 20, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN (Jerry Holt/ STAR TRIBUNE/jgholt@startribune.com)(Photo By Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Outside of the US, Monica plied her trade in Poland, Turkey, Australia, South Korea, and Iceland. However, after just six years of her professional career, she faced a long-term knee injury and Perth Lynx released her. She then turned towards coaching and her first assignment was at Liberty University. In 2019, the Virginia Cavaliers basketball team hired her as their assistant coach. In fact, Monica spent her college career in the same University.

Kevin Durant and Monica Wright’s relationship

The former WNBA point guard was in a relationship with Kevin Durant when he used to play for Oklahoma City Thunder. The couple got engaged back in 2013 after spending some time with each other. However, their relationship didn’t last long, and the couple broke up.

Monica Wright once revealed why their relationship didn’t work and they broke up after being engaged.

“In my last relationship (with Kevin Durant), I had to make a decision about compromising myself as a woman. I had to make a decision to leave a relationship, which a lot of people thought I was crazy to leave. There was a lot of criticism over it. But I think God had my back in it. Because I hold to what I know to be true, that is what God will reward instead of what people on the earth think is a good catch,” Monica told Risen Magazine.

Nets star Durant is rather quiet about his love life. In fact, he barely talks about his relationship in public. However, in this situation, Durant had something to say as well. Two years after his engagement with Monica Wright, Durant revealed that they broke up because he ‘didn’t love her the right way’.

“I had a fiancée (Monica Wright), but… I really didn’t know how to, like, love her, you know what I’m saying? We just went our separate ways,” Durant told the GQ Magazine.

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Kevin Durant and Monica Wright eventually parted ways with each other. The reason for the break-up isn’t known, as both Durant and Monica have their own version of reasons. But it didn’t quite work out between the two after the engagement.

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Monica got married to Jamaican basketball star Michael Rogers. The couple now have a baby boy together. Durant, on the other side, went on to win two NBA championships with Golden State Warriors and is now fighting for a third with Brooklyn Nets.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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