After sitting out the Nets’ 2019-20 season recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, Durant returned strong during the 2020-21 season.
Durant averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in his first official season with the Nets, proving all of his doubters wrong after his injury and showcasing his insane offensive production.
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— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 8, 2021
It is clear that Kevin Durant enjoyed his brief time with the Nets as he recently agreed to a four-year, $198 million extension to remain with the team, according to his manager Rich Kleiman.
Under Durant’s previous deal, he had a player option for the 2022-23 season. Luckily for Nets fans, Durant will decline this option as his new deal adds four years to the All-Star’s contract beginning in 2022.
With Kevin Durant locked in for the next few years, he is undoubtedly looking to lead Brooklyn to a championship with James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Despite several injuries across the board, Brooklyn’s Big 3 led the team to earn the second seed in the Eastern Conference. During the Nets’ Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Harden and Irving missed crucial games, forcing Durant to step up. Durant forced the Bucks to a Game 7 with several dominant offensive performances throughout the series but ultimately fell short of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.
With several free-agent signings, including Patty Mills, James Johnson, and DeAndre’ Bembry, the Nets look to add more offensive depth and toughness.
If Brookyln’s stars and key players can avoid injuries next season, the team will make a solid run at the championship, hopefully resulting in Durant’s 3rd Larry O’Brien Trophy.
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