NBA world reacts to end of Kevin Durant trade saga

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By , Audacy Sports

The Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes seemed to come to a conclusion on Tuesday, when the Nets announced they'd reached an accord with the 12-time All-Star that will keep him in Brooklyn.

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Durant, who turns 34 next month, rocked the basketball world when he requested a trade in late June on the eve of free agency. He doubled down on that position weeks later, when he issued an ultimatum to team owner Joe Tsai demanding that he be traded or general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash be fired.

Instead, it seems none of them are going anywhere, and instead Durant will run it back on the Nets with All-Star teammates Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons.

Tuesday's development once again was a hot topic among basketball journalists and fans.

For some journalists, the ultimately unrealized trade chatter amounted to little more than a traffic driver:

Others saw the failed ultimatum as a defeat for Durant:

Others still insisted that Durant staying with the Nets was always the most likely outcome:

For Nets fans and media, it was elation and relief:

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