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Nets, Kevin Durant agreed to continue their partnership moving forward

After spending the last few months demanding a trade from the Nets, star forward Kevin Durant has changed his stance.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP has agreed to rescind his trade request to remain with the Nets. GM Sean Marks released a statement confirming the two sides have agreed to move forward with Durant in the fold.


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“[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 said in a statement via ESPN. “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.”

The change in Durant’s stance likely comes due to the lack of movement on the trade front. The Nets maintained a high-asking price, which no team could reach that lofty demand.

That led to things hitting a standstill without any clarity concerning Durant’s future. The shift now allows the franchise to move forward with their star forward as he embarks into the first year of his four-year, $198 million extension that includes no player or team options.

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Durant remaining in Brooklyn likely means that Kyrie Irving will be in the fold for at least the upcoming campaign. The Nets will look to maintain a strong roster around their three stars in Durant, Irving, and Ben Simmons in hopes of making a strong push for the 2023 NBA title.

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