Perhaps the demise of the Nets’ superstar duo was declared too soon.
After months of speculation after reports of trade requests, the Nets released a statement on Tuesday announcing that the front office met with Kevin Durant on Monday, and the sides have agreed that they will move forward together and that the superstar will in fact stay in Brooklyn.
“Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Klein in Los Angeles yesterday,” general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “We have agreed to move forward with our partnership. We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”
Durant reportedly requested a trade back on June 30, with teams like the Celtics, Heat, Grizzlies, and others expressing interest. Durant later reportedly met with Tsai and made it clear that he wanted to be traded unless the Nets brought in new leadership, meaning firing Nash and Marks. Tsai took to Twitter shortly after and voiced his support for Marks and Nash.
That could make for an awkward reunion when the team gets back together to prepare for the upcoming season, but Durant is back with the Nets with four years left on his deal, and it appears Kyrie Irving is here to stay as well.
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