Amidst the frenzy of NBA free agency, the Brooklyn Nets found out about Kevin Durant's decision the same as the rest of us......on Instagram.
Nets General Manager Sean Marks revealed today in a press conference that the two-time Finals MVP committed to the team before even meeting with them, speaking to the strength of his relationship with Kyrie Irving, who played a huge role in recruiting him to form a dynamic tandem at Barclays Center.
Sean Marks said that Kevin Durant committed to the Nets via Instagram before he even spoke or met with the team.- Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 9, 2019
Marks has done an incredible job in his three seasons at the helm in Brooklyn rebuilding the franchises culture and roster, which resulted in a playoff berth in 2019, and in turn, making the Nets an attractive destination for free agents on the back off their savvy rebuild.
"We planned a couple years out that we could have an opportunity here," Marks told Chris Mannix of SI.com, referring to this year's star-laden free agency. "I think when you have a window or you have an opportunity to swing for it and take a chance, take a challenge, and you can do it with the right people, that's when you have to do it."
"Whenever you can add this type of talent, you probably should jump at the chance to do it," Marks told Mannix. "Especially guys that want to be here. Especially them."
Durant is expected to miss the 2019-20 season as he recovers from a torn Achilles, but will make the Nets immediate title contenders in 2020-21.
With Durant's signing made official over the weekend, he underwent a 'full evaluation with the Nets doctors and performance staff yesterday', however, Marks gave no indication whether he would return at any point next season.
Kevin Durant underwent a full evaluation with the Nets doctors and performance staff yesterday. Sean Marks would not rule one way or another on whether Durant will play next season.- Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 9, 2019
Prior to his injury, Durant was playing some of the best basketball of his career, averaging 32.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from three in the playoffs for the Golden State Warriors.
The 2014 MVP and 10-time All-Star holds career averages of 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists through 12 NBA seasons.