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Kevin Durant Drops Trade Request After Nets Owner Threatens to Call His Mom
Ran out of lemon bars.
NEW YORK - Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant will remain with the franchise, general manager Sean Marks said on Tuesday after owner Joe Tsai reportedly threatened to call Durant’s mother after the All-Star threw a months-long tantrum.
Marks took to Twitter to announce the star’s legally obligated return this upcoming season.
“Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman (Durant's agent) in Los Angeles yesterday,” Marks said. “Kevin has agreed to settle down once he realized calling his mother wasn’t in his best interest. He has wiped his tears and is excited to be back playing with his friends again very soon.”
The announcement ends a tumultuous offseason for the Nets, who finished last season 44-38 and were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics.
Now that its star player has realized he’ll be able to team up with the likes of Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons for a full season, the team's outlook and Durant's attitude seem to have both significantly improved.
“I love basketball, I love my team, but I really love my mom,” he said sniffling while finishing a popsicle in Marks’ office. “Mr. Tsai and Mr. Marks reminded me that she would have been mad at me for causing such a fuss and that I would probably be grounded for the upcoming season. I didn’t want to do that; I want to go play.”
Durant and the Nets start the 2022-23 regular season at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 19th.
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