The Brooklyn Nets have announced that Kevin Durant has decided to return to the team for the 2022/23 season. On Tuesday, the Nets announced that Durant has changed his mind and that he plans to stay in Brooklyn. On Monday, Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai, head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.
The meeting seemingly went extremely well and Durant no longer wants out of Brooklyn. "Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday. We have agreed to move forward with our partnership.
We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in our mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn," Nets GM Marks said in a statement released by the Nets.
Durant hopes to bring a championship to the Nets
Three years have passed since Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with the Nets.
By this time, the expectation and belief was that the Nets would have at least one NBA title. But Durant and Irving haven't been able to lead the Nets to the Promised Land so far. This past season, the Nets got swept by the Boston Celtics in the playoffs first round.
After the heavy loss, Durant vowed to return stronger. "No regrets," Durant said after getting swept for the first time in his career. "S--- happens. No crying over spilled milk. It's about how we can progress and get better from here.
Even the great teams, they don't dwell on what they do, they just try to continue to keep getting better. So for us, we know what our mistakes were, just try to turn them into strengths. But we can't have no regrets on what we did.
S--- just played out the way it played." With Durant, Irving and Ben Simmons on the roster, the Nets are one of the best teams in the NBA and a top contender for the title.