$100M Bill Simmons goes after Kevin Durant and the Nets, thanks them sarcastically for the drama and free content

Akash Murty
|Published 24/08/2022

Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant shocked the world once again, almost two months after the forward’s trade request.

The Kevin Durant saga finally came to an end on Tuesday when Brooklyn Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks came up with a statement that clearly hinted toward it.

“Steve Nash and I, together with [governors] Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday,” the Nets GM said. “We have agreed to move forward with our partnership. We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”

That brought an end to almost a 2-month long search for them to find a suitable trade for the superstar forward. It was anyways looking like a tough ask as no franchise was willing to give up as much as Nets or any club for that matter would evaluate KD’s worth.

But yet this long saga engaged everyone in the sports media with all their curiosities at peak to know in which star-studded team we would be seeing The Slim Reaper in the upcoming season. And all we got at the end of it was nothing. And Bill Simmons isn’t very happy either.

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Bill Simmons and Patrick Beverley go after Kevin Durant and the Nets

The Ringer’s $100M man, Bill Simmons, was all sarcastic or maybe even genuinely thanking the 2x Finals MVP for all the ‘lively, provocative and ultimately meaningless content for podcasts and written pieces.’

And it wasn’t just the $400 million dollar media company’s founder who took a shot at Durant and the Nets for doing so. Even the Jazz guard, Patrick Beverley went at him/franchise owners.

Former Wolves guard, despite having a terrific season behind him, is quite uncertain about his future like many other newly acquired trade pieces and free agents and the teams dreaming of Durant were stalling their moves all this time.

But, it is still not too late for any party to come to this decision and especially the Nets who come out as winners in being able to keep their $198 million man who still has 4-years left in his contract.

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As far as free agents and players in Pat Bev’s position go, they will still land in the team they should have in the first place and they have plenty of time for it to happen.

The type of player Beverly is, only contending teams will need him on their rosters. And it would be a delight if he landed in the Eastern team and we got to see him against Durant more often.



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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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