The biggest saga of the summer seems to have come to an end in a surprising conclusion. There has been no player talked about in the offseason as much as Kevin Durant. KD put in a trade request to the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the summer that had everyone reeling, with speculation running rampant about where he might go.
Offers were made to the Nets, the Boston Celtics, the Phoenix Suns, and the Atlanta Hawks, all reportedly tried to find deals to land KD. There was an expectation that a trade would eventually be found as well, especially after Durant reportedly asked for Head Coach Steve Nash and General Manager Sean Marks to be fired.
There was a lot of tension between Durant and the front office, but the latest update has changed everything on that front. The Brooklyn Nets released a statement on Tuesday saying that KD will continue his partnership with the franchise.
"Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday. We have agreed to move forward with our partnership. We are focused on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn."
This comes as something of a shock, Durant seemed convinced about leaving if reports were to be believed. However, with Kyrie Irving settling in to stay with the team, and Ben Simmons also working out over the summer, Durant has become the final piece to agree so that the Nets can run it back and give it another go.
This announcement has huge ramifications on the league. The Nets have gone from looking like they will implode to once again being automatic contenders, while teams looking for a superstar will now likely scramble to find other ways to meet their needs. A long and dramatic episode has come to an end for the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant.