Nets GM: Kevin Durant Joined Brooklyn Because of System, Style of Play

Henry Ellenson

Henry Ellenson

Kevin Durant was a fan of the Nets even during his final season with the Warriors.

In a recent interview, Nets general manager Sean Marks spoke about the Durant signing and why he ultimately chose Brooklyn.

Marks told WFAN on Tuesday that in his first conversation with Durant after the announcement, the star said: "I love the system".

"I love the system". And with the players holding nearly all the power in the league at the moment, teams pretty much don't have much of a say when a star player becomes set on being traded.

It's nearly become a yearly tradition, where we see a star player demand a trade elsewhere.

"I think you certainly have to try and figure out what happened, why did it happen, what can we learn from this?"

The Warriors didn't take the Nets lightly a year ago, winning both matchups 120-114 and 116-100, respectively.

Marks said he knows Durant is going to attack his rehab from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the NBA Finals "like no other".

Marks also made it clear that the team will not rush Durant's return from the Achilles injury which is expected to see him miss the entire 2019-20 campaign. "'If we were up 10 with two minutes to go, we knew that didn't mean anything about Brooklyn.' That's a real credit to the competitive environment that (Nets coach) Kenny (Atkinson) has brought". "There's going to be absolutely none of that. We have to see what we can learn from them". Durant, who officially joined the Nets as part of a sign-and-trade with the Warriors, signed a four-year, $164 million max contract this off-season.

"I'm definitely excited about - Kevin, for sure, the whole group and really the challenge of getting all these guys together on the same page and watching how it unfolds", he said. "I see how hard you guys".