Durant had signed with the Nets as a free agent just two months earlier,

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joining forces with his best friend Kyrie Irving, but he already felt far removed from Golden State

Durant had helped further the Warriors’ dynasty, bringing them two titles and another NBA Finals appearance

but the ending was sour; speculation about whether he might depart loomed over his final season, 

and then a ruptured Achilles finished it for good. Brooklyn, he thought, would be a fresh start.

But his Nets tenure arguably has been more chaotic. After Durant sat out to

rehab his Achilles in his first season—one disrupted by a global pandemic—Brooklyn traded for James Harden,

only to come a shoe size away from beating the Bucks in the postseason.