Durant withdraws trade request, staying in Brooklyn

Kevin Durant reportedly wanted HC Steve Nash fired earlier this summer, but now they'll apparently carry on for at least another season in Brooklyn.

After putting the organization through months of drama and uncertainty, Kevin Durant has apparently withdrawn his trade demand and will remain in Brooklyn — for now. This comes on the heels of a meeting between the Nets’ brass and Durant’s team in Los Angeles earlier this week.

As you can see in the tweet below, the Nets have “agreed to move forward with our partnership. We are focusing on basketball, with one goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”

Durant’s trade request was comical, especially considering how he’s under (a lucrative) contract and how the franchise has granted him every wish since acquiring him in a sign-and-trade deal with Golden State.

Brooklyn sacrificed its future in the James Harden trade (to make Durant happy), giving up a fortune, including Jarrett Allen, who made his first All-Star Game with Cleveland last year at the age of 23. The Nets also had to give up another solid player (Caris LeVert) along with three first-round picks and four first-round pick swaps to get Harden.

Furthermore, it was Durant who pushed for the organization to hire Steve Nash as head coach. Nevertheless, there were reports earlier this month that Durant told the team owner that he’d stay if Nash and GM Sean Marks were fired.

Therefore, forgive this scribe for being skeptical that things are all of a sudden hunky-dory for this franchise.

Speaking of players immersed in baggage, drama and a tendency carry himself with a me-first vibe, Kyrie Irving will also be back in Brooklyn after exercising his player option for the final year on his deal. In just 29 games last year, Irving matched his career-high by averaging 27.4 points per game. He also averaged 5.8 assists, 4.4. rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. This elite duo will have two of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters around them in Joe Harris and Seth Curry. Harris missed most of last season with a knee injury, while Curry was acquired in the mid-season trade that sent Harden to Philadelphia.

Ben Simmons will reportedly be ready for training camp, but it remains to be seen if that’ll turn into a reality. Simmons missed all of last season due to mental and physical issues.

Brooklyn was swept by Boston in the opening round of the postseason last year. Two seasons ago, the Nets lost to Milwaukee in overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Nets currently share the third-shortest odds (7/1 or +700) to win the 2023 NBA title with the Warriors and Clippers at FanDuel. Boston is the +500 ‘chalk,’ followed by Milwaukee (+650).

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