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Nets send strong message to Kevin Durant ahead of next season

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If you had said in July that the Brooklyn Nets were official Twitter account would share photos of Kevin Durant at the training facility with high-fiving teammates and with a smile on his face it would be hard to believe. Now the fans are looking forward to it. Following a trade inquiry on June 30, Durant spent most of the summer shackled by trade rumors. Ultimately, no deal materialized and the Brooklyn Nets’ seriousness in trade negotiations was questioned after they sought a historic trade package in exchange for their Superstar forward. Durant withdrew his request to trade on August 23 after meeting Joe and Clara Wu Tsai, Sean Marks and Steve Nash.

After Durant withdrew his request, confidence in the Nets’ upcoming season began to build. The team had sneaky good takeovers with Royce O’Neale and TJ Warren, as well as key rotation players like Patty Mills and Nic Claxton. All of this will come together with the core that Brooklyn didn’t get to see last season but is looking forward to debuting this season. The Nets have high hopes for their big three Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons and look forward to making their debuts next season. With training camp fast approaching, posts from the Nets Twitter account quickly went viral and the smiling Durant returned to the Nets training facility.

If you scrolled Twitter Monday night, you might have been surprised to see a post from the Nets-verified Twitter account featuring a smiling KD in Nets attire at the Nets HSS Training Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The post was followed by photos of Durant shaking hands and in good spirits with his Nets teammates.

If you quickly scroll through the comments section, you can feel the Nets fans’ almost collective sigh of relief at how refreshing it is to see new pictures of Durant in Brooklyn after the odds of his return at any point this offseason seem slim appeared.

It’s hard to tell if this is the first time Durant has been back at the Nets’ training facility in Brooklyn, but based on the post, it’s likely the first time a Nets photographer has been on site and shared a Kodak Moment created one to feed NBA Twitter more Kevin Durant talk after a quiet few weeks.

Though Kevin Durant has committed to returning to the Nets this offseason, NBA analyst Ric Bucher quoted a league GM as believing the Nets could still buy Durant at the NBA close. Heavy spoke to another NBA executive to see if he thinks Durant could be available by the February deadline.

“Not on the deadline, no. Maybe Kyrie because of his contract, he’ll be a free agent. So if the year is a disappointment early on, then yes, you would have to at least explore the trade market on Kyrie.” The Eastern Conference board of directors said Heavy when asked about the possibility of Durant being bought by the deadline. “You won’t get value for money because of all the luggage Kyrie has and because it would probably be a short term rental. We’ll see how the Lakers go, but if they have a good year and feel like they’re one Kyrie away from fighting next year, they’ll be able to get him next summer. So that reduces its commercial value.”

After endless rumours, it seems fans can finally count on Durant staying in Brooklyn for the duration of the season and possibly even his contract with the Nets.

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