While Durant's focus in on the Warriors' current playoff run, he's also conscious of what a third title would mean to his legacy with the franchise.
"If you put a Durant '35' jersey in any NBA arena coming from where I come from ... that is why that stuff is important to me, because my family name will be here after I am dead," Durant told The Undefeated's Marc Spears. "To have that hanging in the arena with one of the best franchises in sports, hell, yeah, that's a goal."
The 30-year-old had 23 points, four boards, three assists, and three blocks in Golden State's 121-104 Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Durant will become an unrestricted free agent if he opts out of his $31.5-million player option for next season.
The uncertainty surrounding his future was reportedly a lingering issue in the Warriors' locker room throughout the campaign and apparently reached a boiling point during a mid-November game when Draymond Green clashed with Durant regarding his long-term status with the team.