The longest NBA Free Agency “hostage standoff” has come to its un-epic conclusion as Kevin Durant announced he has reached an agreement to stay with the Brooklyn Nets and will no longer continue to seek a trade.
Durant has been with the Nets for 2 seasons now, averaging roughly 27 points per game with 7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
The conversation with Durant and his agent occurred in Los Angeles after Nets owner Joe Tsai along with Head Coach Steve Nash and now cements the team as having a Big Three with Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons.
The elimination of Durant in the trade market now allows for teams who were sequestering players for possible packages to move them into the sweepstakes for current Utah Jazz PG/SG Donovan Mitchell after his trade talks with the cross-town New York Knicks have ground to a halt.
The Knicks had offered Evan Fournier, Obi Tappin, 5 1st-round picks and salary fillers but the Jazz declined to make the deal.
The calendar may be turning to September and training camps are a few short weeks away, but it certainly appears that the NBA’s Silly Season is far from completed.