Kevin Durant believes in his team and wants to move past offseason trade talks

2022-10-01 07:06

The Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant wants all the offseason trade talks to be left behind.

Credit: AP - Scanpix
Credit AP - Scanpix

The Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant wants to move past an offseason in which he requested to be traded.

Durant requested to be traded in June and reportedly asked for coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks to be fired later in the summer, however, he eventually agreed to stay on the team after the Nets struggled to find the value they wanted in a trade for him.

After Friday's practice, the Nets superstar talked to the media and wished to move past the offseason drama.

Kevin Durant

Kevin  Durant
Position: SF
Age: 34
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 107 kg
Birth place: Washington, United States of America

"Can we move on past that at some point? I know it's an interesting story. I know that it took up most of the offseason and drama sells, I get that, but I didn't miss any games, I didn't miss any practices, I'm still here. So hopefully we can move past that," said Durant.

Durant has also commented on how he and the Nets eventually came to an agreement to go forward together.

"I was upset. And as a family, they understood that I was upset, some of the stuff they agreed with. So we talked about it, and it was over a couple of months, a couple of weeks, towards the end of that where we talked about it," said Durant.

"We came out and we voiced all our concerns about how we all can be better. And it just worked out from there, and I'm glad I'm here now," Durant revealed.

Despite Durant wanting to leave the Nets in the summer, he believes that they have a solid team.

"I felt like we had a good team. I felt like this is the place I said I wanted to be. We started to set something up in the future to be a solid team," said the 34-year old.

"So to be honest I thought this was still a great option too. I didn't want it to get in the way of the games being played. I still love my teammates. Still love playing in the Barclays," added Durant.

The 12-time NBA All-Star has also talked about injury problems on the team the last two seasons and believed the Nets can do much better this upcoming season for that reason.

"When you look at the grand scheme of things, we haven't been healthy at all for two years," Durant said.

"Each playoffs we didn't have major guys, [they] miss minutes, not just role players, but guys that make a lot of money," Durant continued.

"So when you got $50 million dollars on your bench this last playoffs with Joe and Ben and then the playoffs before that, I want to see what our team looks like in full, with guys being healthy. With us having a little bit of continuity. So we'll see what happens," Durant concluded.

Durant still has a 4-year $192.4 million contract, which runs after the 2025-26 season.

Last season, the two-time NBA champion averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 55 regular-season games with the Nets.


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