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Durant issues cryptic tweet after NBA trade demand

NEW YORK (AFP) – Kevin Durant posted a cryptic tweet on Saturday in his first public comment since it was revealed he has asked to be traded from the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

The two-time NBA champion and 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player sent a shockwave through free agency with reports Thursday he wanted to leave the Nets, with Phoenix and Miami his preferred trade destinations.

Durant provided little clue about his motivations on social media even as he ended his silence on the matter.

“The ones who were locked in that gym with me know what it is, they know what I’m about,” Durant tweeted. “If u haven’t been in there with me, ask around.”

Durant, who turns 34 in September, averaged 28.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in the past two seasons with the Nets after leaving Golden State and missing the entire 2019-20 campaign with a right Achilles tendon injury.

The 12-time NBA All-Star forward has helped the United States win the past three Olympic gold medals.

His arrival with the Nets together with Kyrie Irving brought hopes that Brooklyn would become a powerhouse club but such lofty dreams never came to pass.

The Nets lost in the second round of last year’s playoffs to eventual champion Milwaukee and were swept out in the first round of this year’s playoffs by Boston.

Teams will struggle to be able to make a trade for Durant that satisfies the Nets.

Durant has four years and USD198 million remaining on a contract extension signed with the Nets, and multiple reports say Brooklyn has set a high trade haul for any club interested in a deal for Durant.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant during a game. PHOTO: AP