Networks end Kevin Durant trade talks: Brooklyn, superstar agree to ‘move forward’ together after trade request – CBS Sports

Networks end Kevin Durant trade talks: Brooklyn, superstar agree to 'move forward' together after trade request - CBS Sports

Kevin Durant will continue his career as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. Tuesday morning, the Networks announced that Durant and the organization agreed to move forward together. Durant requested a trade away from Brooklyn on June 30, just before the start of NBA free agency, but the Nets failed to find a deal they found suitable.

The Nets held an incredibly steep asking price for Durant over the summer, and although many teams – including the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors — were interested in his services, most were hesitant to offer too large a package to Brooklyn, as doing so would leave their remaining roster depleted.

Despite the lack of progress on a potential deal, Durant maintained his desire to be traded during the offseason. But now he seems comfortable staying with the Nets, at least for the time being. The star forward has four years remaining on his current contract.

Here’s the statement from Nets general manager Sean Marks:

“Steve Nash and I, along 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 focused on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: to build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”

With Durant staying put and joining Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons on the roster, the Nets are right back in the contender conversation in the Eastern Conference. After all, any team Durant is on has a chance to make some real noise, as he remains arguably the deadliest offensive weapon in the NBA. Caesars Sportsbook listed the Nets with the third-best NBA title odds (+800) shortly after the team’s Tuesday announcement.

That doesn’t mean things will be all smooth sailing in Brooklyn going forward, however. A grace period will likely be necessary, especially after Durant requested that both Nash and Marks be fired. Now, those guys will have to find a way to work together if the Nets are going to be successful.

With Durant in tow, the Nets will look to improve on their finish last season, which saw them swept in the first round by the Boston Celtics. For a team with championship aspirations, that was obviously a very debilitating conclusion. Maybe now they can put all the drama behind them and focus on basketball. The Nets will open their regular season against the New Orleans Pelicans October 19th.

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