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Nets could replace Kevin Durant with Warriors Star, says Rival Exec

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After an offseason filled with drama and rumor, the Brooklyn Nets will finally open an NBA training camp later this month. For those who might have missed it, Nets star Kevin Durant applied for a trade with the franchise on June 30th. However, after two months of unsuccessful trade negotiations, Durant and the Nets decided to back down from his trade demand and continue their partnership

But it remains to be seen if the two parties have healed from all the wounds accumulated this summer. Durant was ready to step down from a four-year extension he signed last summer, while expressing disdain for Nets head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. If Durant returned to the trading bloc, an NBA exec says they could send him back to the Warriors in exchange for their star guard Jordan Poole.

“It depends on how they deal with this contract, but if [Jordan Poole] gets the feeling they don’t want him, yes he’s the one i could imagine looking elsewhere [Harrison] Barnes did it,” Sean Deveney, a Western Conference executive, told Heavy’s.

“Of course they replaced Barnes with Durant. Maybe they’ll do the same with Poole.”

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When Durant was on the trading bloc this summer, a surprise team was keen to acquire the star forward. That was none other than his former roster, the Warriors. But her interest in the Nets star has been a head scratcher for some.

Golden State was fresh out of a championship, had a bunch of young talent ready to be developed, and Steph Curry had just won the first Finals MVP award of his career, something he never did with Durant as his teammate. But Curry says despite everything the Warriors have done for them, he has never hesitated to reunite with his former teammate.

“I never hesitated. The idea of ​​playing with KD and knowing who he is as a person from our history over these three years, I think KD is a really good guy. I think he’s misunderstood,” Curry told Rolling Stone’s Matt Sullivan.

“I think there have been certain things that have happened to him in his life that have affected his ability to trust those around him, in a sense that he feels safe at all times. I understand all these things after playing with him and getting to know him. I love this guy.”

Durant is entering his fourth season with the Nets facing perhaps the most pressure he’s had since his first season at the Golden State. Not just because Steph and the Warriors just proved they don’t need him to win a championship, but because of all the uproar he’s caused with his trade request this summer.

KD is widely regarded as one of the best players in the NBA, not just in today’s game but of all time. And with two All-Stars in Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving lining up with his roster, Durant is running out of excuses not to bring Brooklyn his first title just yet.

KD and the Nets come into this season with a clean slate, looking ahead to a trip to the NBA Finals to capture the title. As the saying goes, winning heals everything. Now Brooklyn can finally put the past behind them and just play ball.

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