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Kevin Durant decided to join the Brooklyn Nets on the first day of NBA free agency, but the Nets apparently didn’t learn of his decision until the rest of the world did.
Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters in a Tuesday press conference that while team officials were confident they would land Durant, the former MVP did not actually speak with the team before posting his decision at 3 p.m. PT on his sports business “The Boardroom” Instagram account.
“Well yeah, the Instagram post that he put out, we were all sitting in the office, and we all got that in real time with you guys,” Marks said. “We weren’t even sure if we were getting a meeting that night or if it was going to be a telephone conversation with him. That was the first.”
This makes Durant’s reported timeline of that Sunday appear even stranger.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Durant informed Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers of his decision earlier that Sunday after Myers flew to New York City to meet with him.
“[Durant] and his business manager, Rich Kleiman, met with Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Sunday in New York and delivered him the news on the decision to leave Golden State,” Wojnarowski reported. “The other teams were informed later in the day.”
If the Nets didn’t learn of his decision until the Instagram post, this would suggest Durant may have informed the other teams who met with him – The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers – of his decision before he informed the Nets.
Durant also reportedly met with former teammate Stephen Curry, who flew to New York from China to meet with Durant one last time.
In addition, the news of Durant’s decision broke well before his Instagram post.
At 1:21 p.m. PT, the New York Times’ Marc Stein tweeted, “An undeniable vibe of confidence is emanating from Brooklyn as we speak: The Nets sure seem to believe they are getting Kevin Durant’s commitment tonight to go with Kyrie Irving”s … with DeAndre Jordan, Durant’s close friend, to follow.”
Just 30 minutes later, Wojnarowski tweeted, “Kevin Durant is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.”
Even after those two reports, Marks told Sports Illustrated he didn’t “fully believe” Durant would be coming to the Nets until after he posted his decision on Instagram.
“That sent a shock wave through everyone,” he said.
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