The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly told inquiring teams that they do not plan to trade Kevin Durant ahead of Thursday’s deadline, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Durant and Brooklyn are having on-going conversations about the direction of the Nets. But barring unforeseen circumstances, it appears likely that KD will remain in Brooklyn.

Kevin Durant has been been mentioned in various trade rumors following the Kyrie Irving deal. Irving was officially traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, leading to concerns about Durant’s stance with the Nets. Every team around the NBA would love to have a star like KD on their roster. In fact, teams immediately checked in on Durant once the Irving trade was initially reported.

But it appears as if the Nets will attempt to build around Kevin Durant. And it wouldn’t be surprising to see them make moves to upgrade the roster ahead of the upcoming NBA trade deadline. Adding another star or two alongside KD would boost their odds of making an Eastern Conference run.

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The only question is whether or not Ben Simmons would be would be apart of any deal. Simmons’ trade interest is reported to be minimal. But a Durant-Simons led Nets team likely won’t be enough to make much noise in the postseason.

There’s no question that Brooklyn is in a peculiar position. Attempting to remain competitive after trading a star like Kyrie Irving is a difficult task to accomplish. However, they are confident that Kevin Durant can help them stay afloat in the East.