Kevin Durant Celebrates Major Kliff Kingsbury Acquisition, Curious on Magic Johnson and the Commanders’ Next Move

Published 02/04/2024, 9:11 PM EST

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The Washington Commanders have recently secured former Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury as their next offensive coordinator. Kingsbury held a 28-37-1 record with Arizona from 2019 to 2022 and was initially poised to join the Las Vegas Raiders in a similar role. However, just days ago, he opted out of his considerations. Instead, he chose to be part of the coaching staff under the freshly appointed head coach Dan Quinn in Washington – a roster that Kevin Durant holds dear.

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As the deal takes shape, KD took to Twitter to extend a warm welcome to the new offensive commander. In a tweet, Kevin Durant expressed his excitement, saying, “Welcome Kliff. Who’s next????? #HTTC”

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Additionally, he subtly inquired about the upcoming developments within the franchise from Magic Johnson, who holds a 4% ownership stake in the Commanders. Durant, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been a dedicated supporter of the franchise since his childhood. Despite the demanding schedules in the NBA, KD has successfully engaged with the team, frequently participating in practices, attending games, and being present at various events.

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Furthermore, leveraging his influence, he has worked on elevating the franchise, creating compelling narratives around the NFL team linked to his name. His NBA stardom provides him exclusive access to the NFL team, and as a dedicated fan, Kevin Durant wholeheartedly embraces the unique connection.

Kevin Durant once wanted ownership of the Commanders

Back in 2022, team owners Dan Snyder and his wife, Tanya, made headlines by announcing their intention to explore offers for the Commanders. This sparked rumors of interest from prominent figures worldwide. Initially, Kevin Durant expressed his reluctance to envision a change in the team’s core, considering he had been a devoted spectator since his inception. However, when discussing the Washington team, KD enthusiastically expressed his desire to have ownership rights in the franchise, stating, “In a perfect world, I would be part of it. I would love to do it.”

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This revelation occurred in November 2022, during Durant’s tenure with the Brooklyn Nets. At that time, big names like Jeff Bezos and Jay Z were rumored to be interested in the team as well. KD, unfazed by these potential contenders, remarked that nearly everyone would aspire to be part of the team, given its status as one of the most lucrative in sports. Furthermore, KD acknowledged the colossal value of the team, deeming it nearly impossible for him to own it. Despite that, he also claimed that other potential suitors for the team would likely present significantly larger offers than he could bring to the table.

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