Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are likely to return. Will they move forward?

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are likely to return. Will they move forward?

Kevin Durant won't leave Brooklyn, says Nets GM Sean Marks.

The Nets wouldn't get what they wanted, so salvaging the relationship was preferable.

"Our partnership will continue. We're focusing on basketball to construct a championship team for Brooklyn."

Durant asked for a trade on June 30 and reiterated it in a meeting with Joe Tsai in London, sources told ESPN.

At the meeting, Durant urged Tsai to choose between him and Nash and Marks.

Nash and Marks will keep their jobs, while Durant's four-year, $198 million agreement starts this season.

The Nets have spent much of the offseason dealing with Durant and Irving.

Irving, who played 29 games without the COVID-19 vaccine, suggested clubs to the Nets for a sign-and-trade.

Irving opted for the last year of his deal when no trade happened.

The Nets think Ben Simmons can help them improve on last year's first-round playoff elimination with Irving and Durant.

Simmons was traded to Brooklyn for James Harden, although he hasn't played yet.

Simmons had a microdiscectomy in May to address a herniated disc in his lower back.

Caesars Sportsbook lowered the Nets' NBA title odds from 18-1 to 9-1 after Durant's decision.