Kevin Durant wants a piece of the Washington Commanders.
The Brooklyn Nets star expressed hope that he could get the opportunity to potentially join an ownership group in a bid for the NFL franchise he is a lifelong fan of from growing up in the D.C. area.
“In a perfect world, I would be a part of [an ownership group],” Durant told Nick Friedell of ESPN. “I would love to do it. I would love to give a little bit of my money to be a part of the Commanders, but we’ll see. Hopefully it’s somebody nice. I heard [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos and Jay-Z, but you never know.”
The 34-year-old has an estimated net worth of $200 million — a far cry from the type of money Bezos and Jay-Z have — but there is always the potential to join with a minority stake.
The recent news last week that the Snyders — marred in controversy — were preparing a potential sale of the team came as somewhat of a shock to Durant.
“I mean, how long has he had it now — 20-something years?” he asked. “He’s probably the only owner I’ve known since I’ve been alive for the [Commanders]. So it’s definitely shocking to see him put them up because it’s his baby. NFL teams are precious, they’re important.
“But that’s going to be a team that everybody — everybody wants to be a part of the league. It’s one of the most lucrative teams in sports, so I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of bidders.”
In addition to the reports that Bezos and Jay-Z are interested in the team, billionaires Matt Ishbia and Byron Allen — both of whom put bids on the Broncos, with the former a finalist — have also expressed interest.
Durant has already made his way into the world of sports ownership, purchasing a 5% stake in the Philadelphia Union of the MLS and is a minority owner of the National Women’s Soccer League’s NY/NJ Gotham FC and recently purchased a professional pickeball team.
But buying an NFL team is a whole different scale and Durant is aware of that.
“I don’t have that much money to say, ‘Look man, let me get a piece of the team,’” he said. “So I’m sure it would have to work out some way, somehow. I would love to, obviously, but to be honest, I doubt that it’ll happen. It’s a five-, six-billion-dollar team.”