The Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant are moving forward – at least for now.

In a social media post, the Nets announced that owner Joe Tsai had met with Durant and his manager together with Nets general manager Sean Marks. It was stressed in the post that all have agreed to move forward with their partnership.

This means that Durant will go on to play for the Nets although this development is unlikely to tone down trade talk involving the two-time NBA champion. But similar to current chatter, it would take much for the 2014 NBA MVP to be moved.

Durant had expressed a preference to head to the Miami Heat or the Phoenix Suns initially. However, nothing progressed with the two clubs wary of obliging to the high demand that Brooklyn was asking for KD.

The Boston Celtics loomed a potential trade partner with Jaylen Brown at the center of a potential Durant deal. However, nothing progressed and the options of Durant were being whittled down.

The last team that allegedly considered a move for the 12-time All-Star was the Memphis Grizzlies. But with not many assets to give in the form of young players, that deal was unlikely to prosper.

With the Durant drama settled, the Nets appear to be on course to contending once more. But this still depends on other factors.

Durant’s health will be in question, same with the commitment of Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons. Irving was the first player who hit the trade rumor mill but nothing progressed as well.

Simmons is also someone that still raises questions. He did not play the entire 2021-22 season and will need to fit into the system of head coach Steve Nash for the coming season.

Once the questions surrounding the three players are addressed, the outlook for the Brooklyn Nets this 2022-23 NBA season should get clearer.

Kevin Durant #7 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant #7 and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets Getty Images | Al Bello

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