Kevin Durant is staying in Brooklyn, according to a statement from Nets general manager Sean Marks.
“Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday,” said Marks. “We have agreed to move forward with our partnership. We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”
Durant initially asked for a trade at then end of June and reiterated that request in a meeting with Joe Tsai in London earlier this month. During that meeting, Durant wanted the team to choose between him and the leadership group of Nash and Marks.
Instead, Nash and Marks will retain their jobs, while Durant will remain in Brooklyn as the four-year, $198 million extension he signed last offseason kicks in this season.