Kevin Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets in the first day of the 2019 NBA free agency following his three-year stint with the Golden State Warriors and two NBA championships he won there. It was a sign-and-trade deal that saw the All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell going to the Oracle Arena.
Durant picked Brooklyn over other interested NBA teams because he loves the way the team is playing, according to the Nets general manager Sean Marks. “I love the system. I love how you guys play. I see how hard you guys play. … You were never out of games. We could never take you guys lightly,” Durant said.
Marks haven’t spoke to Durant before KD made his decision, and like the rest of the world, he found out Durant will be joining the Brooklyn Nets via the player’s Instagram account just minutes after free agency started.
“What we knew was we were either getting a teleconference call with Kevin that night or we were going to potentially get a meeting,” Marks said. “We’d seen some media reports earlier in the day that Kevin had crossed several teams off his list, and we were still [being considered]. And those reports were there for everybody to read. And then when Kevin posted it on The Boardroom Instagram site, that was news to all of us in the office.”
Kevin Durant suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the NBA finals against the Toronto Raptors and the timetable for his return is still unknown, and Marks is well aware that it takes time for such an injury to heal. “I have no idea. We’re certainly not going to rush him back. There’s going to be absolutely none of that. We have far too much invested in him, and we owe it to Kevin to get him back to 100 percent,” Marks said.
Thanks to head coach Kenny Atkinson, the Nets are playing a very attractive basketball, and even made it to the playoffs last season, defying the odds in the process. Now, with a pair of superstars such as Kyrie Irving and Durant , the Nets became one of the contenders in the East.
Marks is rather anxious and excited to see KD and Kyrie together on the floor. “I’m definitely excited about — Kevin, for sure, the whole group and really the challenge of getting all these guys together on the same page and watching how it unfolds,” he said. “I think that’s the magic, and that’s the real special piece where you see elite talent want to play together and see who’s going to sacrifice what and who’s going to bring what to the table and just see how they all mesh,” he said.