Kevin Durant just finished a great debut game in a win against the Charlotte Hornets last night. He ended up finishing the game with 23 points on 10-15 shooting from the floor and 2-4 from three.
After the game, Durant answered some questions and talked with Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill about the journey from his time with the Brooklyn Nets to eventually getting traded to Phoenix a few weeks ago.
“I don’t regret nothing. Nothing I do in my life I regret,” Durant said. “[Not] signing an extension worth that much money?”
Durant signed a contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets back in August of 2021. During that time, Durant had a squad filled with James Harden and Kyrie Irving and the team looked to be a title contender and a very scary big three that was going to run the league for a few years.
Everything went south as Durant, Irving, and Harden only played in a total of 16 games together due to injury before Harden ended up getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Fast forward to Irving and the front office not being on the same page with a contract decision and now we got a team that’s on the cusp of getting blown up.
Kevin Durant on his decision to request a trade to Phoenix at the deadline:
“I was thinking about who’s in the building, then when s*** started happening. We’re not playing well. Kai requested a trade. It felt like a lot of s*** wasn’t happening for us. But I was locked in. I… https://t.co/qrQANUZus6
— Erik Slater (@erikslater_) March 2, 2023
The Nets were riding a big-time winning streak and were looking like the best team in the Eastern Conference this season before Durant sprained his right knee and ended up missing two months of the season.
This led to Irving getting traded from the Nets which eventually led to the Nets blowing the whole thing and shortly after, trading Durant to the Phoenix Suns. It was a process that Durant had to endure and it was something that he alluded to during his interview with Goodwill.
“Once I moved and settled down in Phoenix, things settled down,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “But it wasn’t gonna settle down until I played. I need a week or so… mentally, I was on one team and now so quickly I’m on another team. I’ve never been through that before. I’m just trying to wrap my mind around all this.”
With a game like he played last night, it seems like he’s going to fit in and get accustomed just fine in the Valley. Durant’s next game is potentially tomorrow against the Chicago Bulls.
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