This offseason, the Kevin Durant trade saga was the biggest story in professional basketball. The Philadelphia 76ers found themselves in the mix in recent weeks after reports surfaced that the former MVP had listed them as a desired landing spot. While the window of opportunity was open, it appears to have closed.
After about two months since Durant requested a trade, things have calmed down. Following a recent statement from General Manager Sean Marks, both sides have decided to continue their partnership.
“Steve Nash and I, along with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday. We have agreed to continue our partnership. We’re focused on basketball with a common goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.” said Marks.
A rather shocking turn of events after Durant issues an ultimatum to the property. Nonetheless, the two-time Finals MVP will remain in Brooklyn to reunite with his close friend Kyrie Irving and former sixer Ben Simmons.
Kevin Durant “snooped” on Sixers
While they might not have the funds to pull off a mega deal, the Sixers had several issues that tied them to Durant. By far the greatest was James Harden. The two had played side by side on two separate occasions and appeared ready to team up again.
Given the abrupt end of Harden’s tenure in Brooklyn, many were confused about the dynamic between the two superstars. Not only were they spotted performing together in London, Harden and Durant also trained together.
In a recent episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast‘ NBA insider Bill Simmons commented on the turning point in the former teammates’ relationship. According to him, they spent a weekend together and managed to reconcile with each other.
I heard that KD and Harden don’t talk after the trade. They basically mute each other. They run towards each other. They hang out all weekend. And by the end of the weekend, KD is snooping around Philly
Sixers now have the Brooklyn Nets to worry about
When the Sixers made all the moves they’ve made this summer, the idea was to fight right away. With Joel Embiid in the prime of his career, they’re looking to maximize their window of opportunity. Flanked by James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and a complementary supporting cast, this is arguably the best roster the All-Star Center has ever had around.
Following Durant’s decision to stay with the Brooklyn Nets, the Sixers now have another team to worry about in the Eastern Conference. In full health, the duo of KD and Kyrie Irving are among the best in the league. on top of that, Shams Charania by The Athletic recently reported that Ben Simmons should be ready for training camp next month.
Simmons was cleared for 3-on-3 basketball activities after back surgery in May, and he is on track to be cleared for 5-on-5 activities in the coming weeks, league sources say. The Nets and Simmons expect him to be ready for training camp by the end of September.
The Nets have a lot to figure out after a mess-filled offseason, but they’re among the teams that will have to get through the Sixers if they’re to fulfill their championship ambitions.
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