Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant has indicated he could retire at 35.
Durant won his second successive NBA Finals MVP award as the Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win a third title in four seasons on Friday.
But the 29-year-old already has an idea as to when he would like to call it a career, telling ESPN: "This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it.
"No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don't. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that's just a number in my mind."
Durant has 20,913 career points and could be on track to top Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's league record of 38,387 points. LeBron James is another player poised to break that record with 31,038 points.
But Durant said the record doesn't mean much to him if he is not making his own mark on the game in his own way.
"I can leave the game knowing I did everything I wanted to do, my way, on my terms. That's how I want to leave the game," he said. "And if I happen to have all these accolades and these accomplishments, then that's cool. If not, I'm still cool.
"So I don't think that's going to define me as a player. It's a cool accomplishment to be up there with the greats and to be considered someone who can potentially chase that, or beat that, but I'm not playing for that."
Durant is not sure what he will do after his retirement, adding: "I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do. That's the beauty. I'd hate to say, 'Man, I don't want to do this, do that' when I'm done playing.
"I don't know. I don't know if I'm going to still be in love with the game and want to be around it every day. Who knows? I might want to be a coach or a GM or an owner or somebody that works guys out or somebody that's trying to tell basketball stories like Kobe [Bryant]. Who knows?
"I feel like I have options. I'm young, I'm still learning life and about basketball. I have a whole life ahead of me that I'm excited about, and I thank basketball for opening up so many doors for me."
|Gregg Popovich is the San Antonio Spurs – Coles hails legendary NBA coach|
|Lakers should re-sign D´Angelo Russell – Magic Johnson|
|Knicks will ´do everything´ to attract free agents, says president Mills|
|Stephen Curry 10 years on: The six players drafted before the Warriors star|
|Stephen Curry 10 years on: An NBA trailblazer in numbers|
|Stephen Curry 10 years on: Warriors pick the perfect script - ex-college coach|
|Kobe sets MVP Giannis new challenge|
|Harden joins exclusive group with third MVP runner-up finish|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo bursts into tears after winning MVP|
|Three takeaways from 2019 NBA awards|
|NBA awards 2019: Complete list of winners|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo named NBA MVP|
|Lakers on ´right path´ as owner Buss backs Pelinka|
|Mavs sensation Doncic crowned NBA Rookie of the Year|
|Celtics exploring ´different opportunities´ amid uncertainty over Irving and Horford – Ainge|
|Iguodala: Durant and Thompson? Nobody´s going to the Knicks|
|Lonzo Ball: Trade from Lakers to Pelicans ´good news´|
|Chris Paul addresses trade rumours, says he´s ´happy´ with Rockets|
|Raptors have strong chance to re-sign Kawhi Leonard – Green|
|USA, China claim first World Cup titles ahead of FIBA 3x3 Olympic debut|
|Magic Johnson looks into crystal ball and predicts Lakers´ season|
|Three things Lakers need to be successful in 2019-20|
|Nets considered ´front-runners´ to sign Kevin Durant|
|Zion not selected to be Pelicans ´saviour´|
|Zion Williamson planning to ask LeBron James for advice|
|Barrett ready for Knicks pressure: I got a lot of attention at Duke!|
|Three takeaways from 2019 NBA Draft|
|Bol Bol slips to second round as Heat use 44th pick|
|NBA Draft 2019: The best and worst picks of the first round|
|Warriors take Michigan´s Poole with 28th pick|
|Williamson lost for words after being drafted by Pelicans|
|Zion Williamson overcome with emotion after being selected number one overall|
|Knicks select RJ Barrett with pick three|
|New Orleans Pelicans draft Zion Williamson with first pick|
|This Week in US Sports: Max Scherzer´s the most intimidating pitcher in MLB|
|Cavs owner Gilbert released from hospital after stroke|
|Goga Bitadze laughs off Zion Williamson media snub|
|NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson backed to become ´world´s best´|
|NBA Draft 2019: Three players with boom or bust potential|
|NBA Draft 2019: Five second-round sleepers|
|NBA Draft 2019: Three players who will be selected too early|
|NBA Draft 2019: Six things we learned from Zion Williamson´s interview|
|NBA Draft 2019: What will Warriors do with pick 28?|
|I´m not looking to fill LeBron´s shoes - Williamson wants to ´be the best Zion´|
|NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson and three other instant-impact picks|
|NBA Draft 2019: Which teams have the most on the line?|
|NBA Draft 2019: How Zion Williamson will fit with the Pelicans|
|Pelicans pick up coach Gentry´s option for 2020-21|
|Kawhi Leonard shows he´s a ´fun guy´ at Raptors parade|
|Two injured in shooting during Raptors´ championship parade|
|LaMelo Ball to play in Australia´s NBL|
|I knew basketball wasn´t for me after guarding Hinrich – Woodland´s path to U.S. Open glory|
|Raptors coach Nurse set to lead Canada at World Cup|
|Nothing more Raptors can do – VanVleet on Leonard´s impending free agency|
|LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis trade: Just the beginning|
|Magic Johnson congratulates Lakers over reported Davis trade|
|LeBron´s Lakers land Anthony Davis in Pelicans trade – reports|
|Kerr says Warriors are going to look ´a lot different´ next season|
|Hi Kawhi, Gasol arrives and the Bucks stopped: Key moments in the Toronto Raptors´ title run|
|Warriors´ desire to re-sign injured Klay Thompson ´doesn´t change´|
|Warriors last show of Oracle spirit comes at huge cost|
|It´s been a long time coming - Lowry draws on NBA experiences to win ´surreal´ title|
|From Birmingham Bullets to NBA champion - Nurse hopes journey will ´inspire´ coaches|
|Curry hails injured Thompson as Warriors confirm torn ACL|
|We´re not done yet! - Green adamant wounded Warriors will reign again|
|Klay Thompson suffers torn ACL, says agent|
|Three questions Raptors will have to answer after NBA Finals triumph|
|Three questions Warriors will have to answer after NBA Finals loss|
|Kerr in awe of injury-ravaged Warriors after Finals loss|
|Three reasons why Warriors lost to Raptors in NBA Finals|