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Stephen A. Smith says Kevin Durant didn’t allow Nets to trade Kyrie Irving for Ben Simmons

Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Ben SImmons

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the Brooklyn Nets were interested in trading superstar Kyrie Irving to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal for Ben Simmons.

Smith explained that Kevin Durant essentially vetoed the deal.

Given Durant’s take on the situation, it seems like the possibility of Irving being traded for Simmons is off the table now. However, had it happened, this would have been one of the biggest NBA trades in recent memory.

The 76ers remain in a pickle with Simmons. It sounds like the organization wants to make things work with the three-time All-Star, but Simmons reportedly doesn’t feel the same way.

Philadelphia presumably didn’t want the situation to get to this point. The team explored potential trades for Simmons throughout much of the offseason.

With the 2021-22 NBA regular season rapidly approaching, some clarity will likely be provided on the matter in due time.

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