After months of nasty headlines, speculation, and angry tweets from fans, Durant is talking with the press as the new season approaches.
There was no doubt that people would talk to him about his trade demands from the summer.
It was reported that he asked to be traded from the Nets multiple times during the offseason before finally agreeing to return.
Now, he is forced to give some insight into that entire situation.
Kevin Durant on why he made the trade request: "It was a lot of uncertainty around our team last year. I committed to this organization for 4 years last summer with the idea that we were gonna be playing with that group (KD Kyrie & James Harden)."
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) September 26, 2022
When he was asked why he made the trade request, Durant was quite frank:
“It was a lot of uncertainty around our team last year. I committed to this organization for four years last summer with the idea that we were gonna be playing with that group [Kyrie Irving & James Harden].”
You can understand why Durant would have been unhappy after last season but this statement to the press probably doesn’t do much to soothe upset fans.
Kevin Comes Back
According to Durant, he wanted to leave the Nets because he wasn’t playing with the core that he was promised, featuring both Irving and Harden.
This will ring hollow to some.
He was technically still playing with Irving, although that player missed many games due to his COVID vaccine stance.
Meanwhile, Harden on the Nets hadn’t worked out and he wanted to be traded by midseason.
In other words, the problems with the team weren’t the fault of the front office but actually the players on the roster.
As for Durant, some people still feel he was throwing in the towel and giving up when his team needed him most.
This statement will just be one of many he will need to make to win back Brooklyn’s fanbase.