Amid rumors that the Nets are willing to talk with the Sixers about a possible James Harden trade, Kevin Durant wants to see his All-Star teammate remain in Brooklyn, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on tonight’s “NBA Countdown” (hat tip to Real GM).
Durant is currently sidelined with a knee injury, but hopes to return after the All-Star break. When he does come back, he wants “everyone in Brooklyn to be as committed to winning a title as he is,” Wojnarowski said.
There have been reports in recent weeks that Harden is unhappy in Brooklyn and is planning to test free agency this summer. He has a $47.4MM player option for the 2022/23 season, which he may turn down in hopes of landing a longer-term contract.
Assuming they keep him through the trade deadline, the Nets would still have the advantage of being able to offer more money and more years than any other team, but that may not be enough if Harden is determined to go to Philadelphia.
Harden, who has denied being the source for the free agency speculation, has been telling Durant and Nets management that he wants to stay with the team, according to Wojnarowski.