Much of the buzz around the NBA in recent weeks has been about James Harden’s desire for the Houston Rockets to trade him, with the Brooklyn Nets as a potential suitor picking up plenty of steam.
There had even been reports that Kevin Durant wanted Harden and spoke to the former league MVP about joining him and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.
On Tuesday, Durant dismissed those reports as fake news.
“They’re making these stories up. … I don’t know where that came from,” Durant told reporters on a Zoom call. “James is a friend of mine, but I let the front office handle all of that stuff. I was just so focused on working out.”
Harden, who is still under contract for three more seasons in Houston, is concerned about the direction of the team and rejected an extension that would have made him the first player to make $50 million a year.
The Nets are reportedly at the top of Harden’s preferred destinations and he has a good relationship with Durant from their time together with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard had reported that Durant wants Harden, but Irving does not share those feelings. Whatever report or rumor there is involving him, Harden and the Nets – Durant was adamant that there was no legitimacy to them.
“I heard all the noise and I heard that James potentially wanted to come to the Nets,” he said. “But anybody can make up stories, anybody can write a story and it gets traction. So, nothing is ever set in stone until it’s set in stone. I never thought too much about it, I was just focused on myself and our teammates probably did the same thing, and, you know, just move forward.”
Durant, 32, is preparing for his first season with the Nets, whom he signed with in July 2019 a month after he suffered a torn Achilles that kept him out all of last year.
He reported to Nets training camp on Tuesday and admitted he feels “good” but whether or not he is the same player he was pre-injury Durant seemed less certain.
“Who knows,” Durant said. “I just got to see how I feel in a real NBA game.”