Thunder Give Kevin Durant's Old Number to Undrafted Rookie PJ Dozier

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistOctober 17, 2017

PJ Dozier, an undrafted rookie signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, will wear No. 35 for his new team.  

The last person to use that number for Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant.  

Per the Norman Transcript's Fred Katz, the 20-year-old point guard explained that his desire to don No. 35 had nothing to do with the Golden State Warriors star.  

The number was available, so the Thunder honored his request. Seems simple enough.  

Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman, sarcastically voiced his displeasure.

Although Durant spent nine incredible years with the organization, including his rookie season with the Seattle SuperSonics, the Thunder were unlikely to retire his number since he signed with a Western Conference rival. They had to move on eventually.

A similar circumstance caused controversy last season. After getting traded from the Thunder to Chicago Bulls, Anthony Morrow originally planned to wear No. 1, formerly sported by Derrick Rose. He later apologized and changed numbers following fan backlash.

Thunder fans, however, probably do not share the same soft spot for their former MVP.