NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant is looking to wrap up an offseason consumed by his trade request and future with the organization.
“Can we go beyond that sometime?” Durant said after practice on Friday. “I know it’s an interesting story. I know she took most of the offseason and drama sales, I understand that, but I haven’t missed any games, I haven’t missed any practices, I’m still here. So hopefully we can get over it.”
Durant requested a trade in June and reportedly demanded the firing of coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks over the summer. He withdrew his request in August and says he still believes in the Nets’ future together. After Nash said earlier this week that he didn’t “believe 100 percent” in all of the reports coming out this summer, Durant was specifically asked if he thought there were any inaccuracies regarding the summer’s reports.
“There’s a lot of s— that was inaccurate,” Durant said. “But it’s like I don’t want to go through this right now. We don’t have that much time at the moment.”
Durant said after speaking to Nets owner Joe Tsai over the summer he feels more confident in the direction the organization is headed. Durant admitted during Monday’s media day that he wanted players to be more accountable going forward.
“I was upset,” Durant said. “And as a family, they understood that I was upset, some things that they agreed to. So we talked about it, and it took over a couple of months, a couple of weeks, to finish what we talked about. We came out and voiced all of our concerns about how we can all get better. And from there it just worked and I’m glad I’m here now.
Durant also admitted Monday that he respects the fact that both Tsai and Marks said they wouldn’t just “betray” me, but as one of the biggest Superstars in the game, Durant also knows he could have gone even harder be able . Why did he ultimately decide to stay in Brooklyn?
“I felt like we had a good team,” Durant said. “I felt like this is where I wanted to be. We started to build something in the future to be a solid team. To be honest I thought this was still a great option too. I didn’t want to get in the way of the games. I still love my teammates. I still love playing at the Barclays.
“I feel like it would still be an easy decision to come back and play because I love to mature, so over the last two years this has been a good environment for me, although I had some doubts. But overall I would still love to come and work here so I was just checking it out.
Durant remains confident the Nets will find a way to make everything work after a summer of dissatisfaction for the organization.
“If you look at the bigger picture, we haven’t been healthy at all for two years,” Durant said. “In every playoff we didn’t have big boys, [they] Missing minutes, not just role players, but guys who make big bucks. So if you have $50 million in the bench in the final playoffs with Joe and Ben and then in the playoffs before that, I want to see how our team looks overall when the guys are healthy. As we have a bit of continuity. So we’ll see what happens.”
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34697236/kevin-durant-wants-move-offseason-drama-brooklyn-nets Kevin Durant wants to ‘move past’ offseason drama with Brooklyn Nets