“Nets Are Only Hurting Themselves”: Kevin Durant’s Future Being Left in Jeopardy Divides NBA World

Published 07/05/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
Apr 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after the game against the Boston Celtics in the second half during game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Kevin Durant trade saga has been dragging on for almost a week now. While the former MVP is desperate to switch teams, the Brooklyn Nets have been waiting for the best deal possible. The Nets are looking for a historic haul in return for the disgruntled superstar. Most of the teams have inquired about Durant but the Nets are holding firm.

According to the latest reports, the Nets will be willing to wait as long as they have to find a good trade return. If they do not get what they are looking for, then they won’t mind if things get dragged on till the training camp. This won’t please KD as he will be looking to get accustomed to a new city as soon as possible.

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The Brooklyn Nets are well within their rights to not be in a hurry. Durant still has 4 years left in his contract and he isn’t in a position to force a trade as many stars have done in the recent past. The Nets had to break up their young core to accommodate Durant and Kyrie Irving. Then they traded away multiple future first-round picks to acquire James Harden.

They invested heavily to win now and put their future at risk. That move seems to have backfired as they will have to rebuild again without having much flexibility in future drafts. That’s why the Nets will be looking to get the right return for both Durant and Irving which will keep them competitive in a tough Eastern Conference.

A historic failure for Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets

The trio of Kevin Durant, Irving, and Harden were expected to bulldoze their way to an NBA championship. But the best they could do was an Eastern Conference Semis appearance in 2021. The trio played only 16 games together due to various off-court issues and injuries. Harden was traded last season to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Nov 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Irving is expected to be traded as well and the whole era has been a huge failure for the Nets franchise. The duo of Irving and Durant played only 44 games together in 3 seasons as teammates. This stat is enough to show how poorly things were executed.

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The reports of the Nets holding out for the best possible return have divided the NBA fans. They let their feelings known on Twitter.

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When do you think Durant will be traded? What will the Nets get in return? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Pragya Vashisth

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Pragya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed Masters in Sports Management from the International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai, he has been a passionate fan of the NBA since 2010. Pragya is a massive supporter of LeBron James and just wants to enjoy the twilight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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