Kevin Durant and James Harden didn’t see eye-to-eye after the latter’s decision to join the Philadelphia 76ers last February.
Six months later, though, it seems the relationship between the two stars has been restored, as Durant seeks a move to Philadelphia and a reunion with Harden.
“From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn just six months ago,” Ramona Shelburne of ESPN said.
"From what I'm told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn."@ramonashelburne on the Sixers' reported interest in trading for Kevin Durantpic.twitter.com/RI9dUP9Noq
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Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Nets and has listed the Boston Celtics and the Sixers as his preferred destinations.
The Celtics constructed a package around Jaylen Brown, but talks with the Nets never progressed. Brooklyn wanted to acquire Marcus Smart, but Boston had no intention to let the All-Star guard leave the team.
For their part, the Sixers would welcome a trade for Durant, which would enable them to create their own version of Big Three. However, they have not engaged in talks with the Nets yet.
Kevin Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai on Monday and gave him an ultimatum that he should either trade him or fire head coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.
With Tsai supporting Nash and Marks, though, it is not likely that the two-time NBA champion will return to Brooklyn for the coming season.
Philadelphia is expected to engage in talks with Brooklyn, but the Nets’ extremely high demands will make things difficult for the Sixers.
Kevin Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 55 regular season games last season. He still has four years and $194.2M left on his current contract.