"A lot of people disagree with me, but it is what it is. It's nothing against D-Wade, he is a great player, he set his mark in the league, he is one of the best shooting guards ever, but like I said, I just thought, that as an older guy, it's time to pass the torch to the younger guys," Durant told EuroHoops.net.
"Just like somebody did to him, just like somebody did to me and I will have to do the same later on. So I just thought it was his time."
Wade has won three NBA titles during his 10-year stay with the Heat.