For the last few months, the entire NBA has been hijacked by Durant’s request to be traded away from his team.
It seemed like every team was attempting to land the superstar player and countless stories and tweets were written about the behind-the-scenes saga that was unfolding.
Now, it’s all over.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 23, 2022
Nets General Manager Sean Marks released a statement that reads:
“Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday. 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.”
So, that’s that: Durant is sticking around in Brooklyn.
After all of the rumors and speculation and fascination, it was all for nothing.
However, what’s the road ahead really going to look like for Durant and his Nets?
Back In Brooklyn
The Nets will have Durant leading the team when the new season starts, presumably along with other stars such as Kyrie Irving (now that Durant is remaining in Brooklyn, Irving likely will too), Ben Simmons, and more.
But he has a lot of making up to do with the team.
Most inside reports stated that Durant was incredibly unhappy with the coaching staff leading his squad so how will they all make nice and smooth things out?
Additionally, how will they overcome the shortcomings of last season and actually become a playoff contender again?
In the end, Durant is coming back to the Nets but he has been tarnished by this experience and has angered fans and given critical analysts a lot of red meat.
Now it’s time for him to prove that he can move past all of that and make his team thrive.