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Kevin Durant demanded a trade from the Brooklyn Nets until Tuesday, when the team announced its focus will be forward with its current squad.
Before that, a whirlwind of speculation about where Durant would land dominated the NBA world – he is still one of the top scorers in the league at 33 years old. But one particular NBA peer objected to Durant simply changing his mind and dismissing everything the Nets and their fans have been through in recent months.
Patrick Beverley, the 34-year-old point guard currently playing for the Utah Jazz, expressed his opinion on Twitter.
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“Yal can sit and say nothing, but that’s not cool. It’s guys with families here who don’t have jobs because of these KDs—. And being on and off is not cool. Blessing Gang,” he tweeted Tuesday.
As a Twitter enthusiast that he is, Durant responded by simply saying, #BLAMEKD.
And as one who never shied away from some trash talk, Beverley herself replied:
In his statement, Nets general manager Sean Marks said that, along with owners Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, and head coach Steve Nash, a meeting with Durant and his agent, Rich Kleiman, took place Monday in Los Angeles.
“We have agreed to continue our partnership. We are focused on basketball with one common goal in mind: to build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”
Despite the request for a transaction, Durant never had any influence over the Nets after signing a four-year extension worth $194.22 million heading into this season. He reportedly even gave Tsai an ultimatum to trade him or fire Marks and Nash. Tsai was going to support his front office and coaching staff.
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“Our front office and technical staff have my support,” Tsai said at the time. “We will make decisions in the best interests of the Brooklyn Nets.”
Durant requested the trade after the Boston Celtics swept Brooklyn out of the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
It was all for naught in the end, as Durant and Kyrie Irving, who recently had his own feuds with the Nets, remain at the club. Ben Simmons, who was traded for a game last season but was unfit for a single game due to a back injury, also looks set to make his debut in the 2022-23 season alongside his fellow All-Stars.
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Durant, a four-time scoring champion, averaged 29.9 points last season and led the Nets with 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists.