© Nick Turchiaro | 2019 Jun 10
Just when you thought the Kevin Durant news finally settled down – it’s back.
Sean Marks, the Brooklyn Nets General Manager, said that he found out about Durant’s decision the same way everyone else did, through his “Boardroom” Instagram right as free agency opened on the evening of June 30th. Marks went on WFAN, New York City’s sports radio station, on Tuesday and said that Durant told him he joined the Nets because he loved the “system” they ran and how hard the team played under coach Kenny Atkinson.
The first time the GM talked to Durant after his announcement, the player told him:
“I love the system,” Marks said. “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.”
The Warriors didn’t take the Nets lightly last year, winning both matchups 120-114 and 116-100, respectively.
Due to Durant’s Achilles tear in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, it is unclear if he will take the court in the upcoming 2019-2020 NBA season. Marks acknowledged that, saying that he is unsure when the superstar will be back on the court but when he is ready it will be a “Kevin Durant decision.”
“I have no idea,” he said. “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”
“This is entirely going to be a Kevin Durant decision,” he said.