The Brooklyn Nets have officially reconvened for the 2022-23 season. After a tumultuous offseason that saw their star player Kevin Durant request a trade, demand for Brooklyn’s coach (Steve Nash) and general manager (Sean Marks) to be fired, and ultimately rescind his trade request, the two sides are working together again, making the Nets one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA.
Kevin Durant wanted to get away from the uncertainty surrounding the Brooklyn Nets
With players from the Nets partaking in media day, everyone was curious to hear Durant’s comments on everything that took place this offseason. He was ridiculed universally for requesting a trade and then going back on his decision, and it’s clear Durant wasn’t happy with how he was perceived in the media (we are as shocked as you are.)
One of the first questions Durant was asked was why he wanted to be traded off of the Nets this offseason. Durant was primarily responsible for recruiting his star friends, such as Kyrie Irving and James Harden, to Brooklyn, and it wasn’t a great look to see him try to jump ship once everything was falling apart around him. Durant said that the uncertainty surrounding the team made him request a trade and that he was committed to playing with a squad that wouldn’t necessarily be in place heading into the season.
What's next for Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets
Durant requesting a trade so soon after he called on the organization to expend significant assets to create a team of his liking isn’t a good look. But given his reasoning for wanting out, it’s not the craziest thing we have ever heard in the NBA.
Despite having players like Irving and Harden in Brooklyn alongside him, the Nets never really worked the way they were supposed to. Irving was sitting out because he refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19, and it became pretty clear early on in the season that Harden did not want to play for the Nets anymore. The trade of Harden certainly hurt, but once Irving began actively trying to find his way onto the Los Angeles Lakers, Durant decided to plan his next move too.
Ultimately, Durant and Irving remain in Brooklyn with Harden’s replacement, Ben Simmons. For all intents and purposes, they should be one of the best teams in the league. But given all the turmoil this offseason, there’s a decent chance that things may not go as smoothly as they should. Whatever ends up happening, Durant is committed to the Nets moving forward, and his trade request this offseason proved that he doesn’t really have any other choice.