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Kevin Durant talks off-season rocky nets, concerns he shared with team owner

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Kevin Durant’s relationship with the Brooklyn Nets was the focal point of the offseason, as he requested a trade but ended up agreeing to continue with the organization for the 2022-23 season.

At Nets media day Monday, Durant was peppered with questions about his mindset going into the summer. Durant indicated that he was frustrated after a first-round playoff exit and was thinking about his legacy.

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Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant reacts during the Indiana Pacers game on Jan. 5, 2022, in Indianapolis.
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

“As the season went on, you saw what happened with our season,” Durant told reporters, via SNY. “Guys going in and out of the lineup, injuries, just a lot of uncertainties that raised some questions about the next four years of my career. I’m getting older and I want to be in a place that’s stable and trying to build a championship culture. I had some doubts about that and expressed them to [Nets owner Joe Tsai] And we go from there.”

Durant reportedly gave Tsai an ultimatum: fire general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash or trade him. Tsai publicly endorsed Marks and Nash.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant talks with coach Steve Nash during the Indiana Pacers game on Oct. 29, 2019, New York.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant talks with coach Steve Nash during the Indiana Pacers game on Oct. 29, 2019, New York.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Steve and Sean throughout the season and what we needed to change as an organization,” Durant said. “They know me, they know how much I care about our teammates and wanting to win. We all jump on the same page. We’re all professionals. We know how to adapt and move on.”

Durant said he wanted to make sure the team was in a good position and everyone was held to the same standard. He noted the time he spent recovering and the team went on a 10-game losing streak. He said Brooklyn should be built to win games without having Durant and Kyrie Irving on the court at the same time.

Nets forward Kevin Durant speaks to reporters during media day at the HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 2022.

Nets forward Kevin Durant speaks to reporters during media day at the HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 2022.
(Vincent Carchietta-USA Today Sports)

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For the 2022-23 season, Brooklyn will have Durant, Irving and Ben Simmons healthy and ready to go. The team also added TJ Warren and Royce O’Neale in the offseason.

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