Nets announce they've ‘agreed to move forward' with Durant

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The Nets aimed to extinguish all the rumors Tuesday morning.

Kevin Durant and Brooklyn have "agreed to move forward with our partnership" after a meeting Monday in Los Angeles, the team announced.

The news of Durant's trade request in late June shook up the NBA's offseason as many teams were unsurprisingly interested in what it would take to acquire a 12-time All-Star and four-time scoring champion. SNY's Ian Begley reported on Aug. 10 that Durant saw the Celtics and Sixers as "desired landing spots." A Sixers trade package for Durant would presumably have needed to include Tyrese Maxey, a 21-year-old the Sixers adore and believe will continue developing. 

Stability has been sparse for the Nets over the last several years. Days after Nets head coach Steve Nash said Brooklyn was not trading James Harden, the team dealt him to the Sixers, picking up Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round draft picks. While Drummond signed with the Bulls in free agency, Simmons and Curry remain Nets. 

There's great uncertainty with much of the Nets' roster. Kyrie Irving trade rumors also swirled this summer before he exercised his player option. Simmons, who hasn't appeared in a game since June 2021, is expected to be ready for training camp after undergoing back surgery in May. Joe Harris last played in November 2021 and is coming back from ankle surgery. Offseason addition T.J. Warren has been sidelined since Dec. 29, 2020.

It's been consistently clear that Durant is an exceptional player. He averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists last year. The two-time champion will turn 34 years old in September and is under contract for four more seasons. 

A Sixers-Nets Jan. 25 matchup features on the NBA's "Rivalry Week" this season. The Sixers will both start their preseason (Oct. 3) and end their regular season (April 9) in Brooklyn.

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