One of the highest-paid players in the league in early July demanded his exchange or departure from “Brooklyn” of the current general manager and head coach. As a result, the parties managed to resolve the issues, and Durant will start the season with Brooklyn.
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NBA star Kevin Durant has withdrawn his trade demand from the Brooklyn Nets. About this reported on the team’s Twitter account.
The 33-year-old basketball player made such a decision after a meeting with the management and coaching staff of the club.
“We agreed on the further development of our partnership. We are focused on basketball with one common goal: to build a strong franchise to bring Brooklyn a championship,” said general manager Sean Marks.
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In early July, the Associated Press reported that Durant asked team management to trade him to another club or get rid of Marks and head coach Steve Nash.
Durant joined Brooklyn in the summer of 2019, but missed the entire 2019/20 season due to injury. Last season, the forward averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 55 games. Brooklyn lost in four games to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Durant is a two-time NBA champion (2017, 2018) as part of the Golden State Warriors, a three-time Olympic champion as part of the US team (2012, 2016, 2020).
Durant is also one of the highest paid players in the league. Next season, he will earn $44.119 million – only Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James will receive more than him. In the list of the highest-paid athletes in the world according to Forbes 2022, Durant took the sixth place with $ 92.1 million.