After all that, Warriors' old friend Kevin Durant isn't going anywhere

It appears that Kevin Durant (left) and Jaylen Brown will be staying on their respective teams.

It appears that Kevin Durant (left) and Jaylen Brown will be staying on their respective teams.

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If Kevin Durant is going to stop his old team from winning another NBA title, it will have to be in the Finals. 

After a bizarre summer in which the former Golden State Warrior requested a trade, then doubled down with a demand for the Nets to fire head coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks, he's staying in Brooklyn after all. 

So after a contentious summer where at various points it appeared both Kyrie Irving and Durant wanted out, the Nets are running it back with the mercurial duo plus Ben Simmons. None of the Warriors' would-be rivals, in either conference, will be adding a superstar scorer this summer.

Marks, apparently retaining his job and his superstar forward, issued a statement through the Nets' social media that also had the logo of Durant's media company, Boardroom.

"Steve Nash and I, together with Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday," the statement said. "We have agreed to move forward with our partnership." (Kleiman is Durant's longtime manager and business partner.)

It was only two weeks ago that Durant met with Tsai, the Nets' owner, in London and issued an ultimatum: fire Marks and Nash or trade him. And it was only a day ago that reports of new trade offers for Durant were surfacing.

The connection between the two is pretty clear, though. Those offers, by and large, were horrendous. (You have to respect the Hawks making an offer centered around John Collins.) And any offer that was remotely close to fair would leave the team acquiring Durant with nothing. Even with how unreliable Irving and Simmons can be, you can't blame Durant for looking around the league and realizing he might not be able to do better.