Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones says Kevin Durant is not on the Suns right now because the Brooklyn Nets never really wanted to trade the 2014 NBA MVP. On June 30, Durant requested a trade from the Nets. Shortly after, it was revealed that Durant preferred a trade to either the Suns or Miami Heat.
The Suns were well aware that Durant wanted to come to Phoenix, but nothing happened. In the end, Durant changed his mind and stayed with the Nets. “‘Cause Brooklyn wanted to keep Kevin Durant in Brooklyn,” Jones told Duane Ranklin of The Arizona Republic.
“And that’s why he’s in Brooklyn and not on some other team, but as far as with us, I get it. It’s always a great topic of discussion, but the one thing people forget is that when you’re talking about trades, or any player acquisition, the team that has the player has to be willing to move the player”.
Durant changed his mind after a meeting with the Nets
In early August, Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai in London. During the meeting, Durant requested for the team to fire head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks and then he would reconsider his choice.
But on August 23, the Nets announced that Durant changed his mind after a meeting with the team. "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.
When the offseason started, there was a chance that both Durant and Kyrie Irving will leave the Nets this summer. But nothing happened and the Nets still have Durant and Irving on their roster.