Following much uncertainty regarding his NBA future, Kevin Durant has decided to remain with the Brooklyn Nets, the team’s general manager Sean Marks announced.
“[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,” Marks revealed. It is here that Durant stated his intention to bring an NBA championship to Brooklyn.
Durant’s future with the Nets seemed to be in doubt after the star forward decided to hand in a trade request on June 30. He continued to express a desire to leave Brooklyn during a meeting with Joe Tsai in London earlier this month when he went so far as to put pressure on Tsai to choose between him and his coaching staff.
As a result of his decision to remain with the Nets, the four-year, $198 million extension that Durant signed during the last offseason will come into effect this season.
With both Durant and fellow star Kyrie Irving back on the team, the Nets are hoping to improve on last season’s first-round playoff exit. Ben Simmons, who is yet to debut for his new team, is also expected to make an impact on Brooklyn when the new season kicks off.