Kevin Durant decides to stay in Brooklyn
Ricky Gray | August 24, 2022
The All-Star Power Forward will continue his time with the Nets and HC Steve Nash.
In a not-so-shocking move, Kevin Durant will remain with the Brooklyn Nets for the 2022-23 NBA season.
A statement from Nets General Manager Sean Marks reads: “[Coach] Steve Nash and I, together with [governors] 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.”
Sources confirmed with ESPN that Durant requested a trade back on June 30 and requested a meeting with Tsai in London in early August.
For an undisclosed reason, Durant wanted Tsai to choose between him and the brain trust of Nash and Marks.
It would seem that Durant’s request was met with both Nash and Marks retaining their jobs and Durant staying in Brooklyn as the four-year, $198m extension he signed last offseason kicks in this season.
Reading between the lines, it would seem that Durant was reminded of the extension he signed and that he can’t force the Nets to trade him.
Bounded on contractual agreements, Durant will continue his time in Brooklyn with Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons.
Per the Caesars Sportsbook, the Nets' odds to win the NBA championship jumped up from 18-1 to 9-1 after the Nets announced Durant will remain with the team.
The new odds moved Brooklyn in front of the Los Angeles Lakers for fourth-best odds to win the title behind the Celtics (+450), Warriors (+650), Suns (+800), Clippers (+800) and Bucks (+800).