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Kevin Durant’s manager, Rich Kleiman, was ‘taken aback’ when KD told him he was signing with Nets

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Brooklyn Nets superstar small forward Kevin Durant’s business manager, Rich Kleiman, was “taken aback” when KD told him he was signing with Brooklyn, according to J.R. Moehringer of the Wall Street Journal.

Durant signed a four-year deal with the Nets as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Golden State Warriors. Kleiman is a New York native and lifelong New York Knicks fan, but Durant wanted to play with the Nets since their infrastructure is better than the Knicks’.

Kleiman met Durant for lunch at Cipriani, a chic restaurant in SoHo, and gave him one last overview of all the teams and all his options. Durant said: “All right. Well. I’m going with Brooklyn.” Just like that.

Kleiman was taken aback: For real? Yes, Durant said. End of discussion.

Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan signed with the Nets as well. Both All-Stars are very close friends with Kevin Durant.

KD is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear. Nets general manager Sean Marks has already said the franchise won’t be updating the health status of Durant throughout the season, as they don’t want to put any pressure on the two-time Finals MVP.

Once Durant step onto the court for the Nets, Brooklyn will be legitimate title contenders.