Kevin Durant continues his career as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. On Tuesday morning, the Nets announced that Durant and the organization have agreed to move forward together. Durant requested a trade from Brooklyn on June 30, just before the start of NBA Free Agency, but the Nets had no success in finding a deal they deemed suitable.
The Nets had an incredibly high asking price for Durant this summer, and while many teams — including the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors — were interested in his services, most were hesitant to bid too much. of a package to Brooklyn, as it would decimate their remaining roster.
Despite the lack of progress on a potential deal, Durant continued to harbor a desire to be traded throughout the off-season. But now he seems to be comfortable with the Nets, at least for now. The attacker has four years left on his current contract.
Here’s the statement from Sean Marks, Nets CEO:
“Steve Nash and I, along with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday. We agreed to continue our partnership. We focus on basketball, with one joint goal in mind: to build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”
With Durant staying put and Kyrie adding Irving and Ben Simmons to the roster, the Nets are immediately back in the conversation with the Eastern Conference contenders. After all, any team Durant is on has a chance to make some real noise, as he remains arguably the deadliest assault weapon in the NBA. Caesars Sportsbook listed the Nets with the third best NBA title odds (+800) shortly after the team’s announcement on Tuesday.
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That doesn’t mean things will run smoothly in Brooklyn, though. A reconciliation period will likely be necessary, especially after Durant asks for both Nash and Marks to be fired. Those guys will have to find a way to work together if the Nets are to succeed.
With Durant in tow, the Nets will try to improve on their finish from last season when they were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round. For a team with championship aspirations, that was of course a very disappointing conclusion. Maybe now they can put all the drama behind them and focus on basketball. The Nets begin their regular season against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 19.