One NBA insider recently reported that any animosity between former Brooklyn Nets teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden has come to an end.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne spoke about Durant and Harden patching things up.
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“The former teammates looked pretty friendly this past weekend in London,” Shelburne said. “We saw them backstage at a Travis Scott concert, and from what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn just six months ago. If anything, this was Harden’s way of smoothing things over.”
Earlier this summer, Durant asked the Nets to trade him, a request that has gone nowhere. Undoubtedly, part of the reason stems from the fact that the Nets have made steep demands in trade talks regarding the superstar.
Countless teams have tried to work out a deal with the Nets, and the Sixers are seemingly in the mix. The Boston Celtics are also considered strong contenders.
In January of 2021, the Nets acquired Harden in a blockbuster deal to give the team a trio of superstars in the starting lineup. Yet, despite the presence of Harden, Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets came up short in the playoffs. Injuries were a factor.
Earlier this year, the relationship between the Nets and Harden soured and led to his trade to the 76ers. Once again, despite Harden’s on-court contributions, his new team fell short in the postseason.
There’s no guarantee that the 76ers will be able to craft a package that brings Durant to Philadelphia. However, they now apparently won’t have to be concerned about chemistry issues between Durant and Harden impacting their chances to make a deal.