Kevin Durant will not return with the Nets at the NBA restart bubble in Orlando, nor will he be returning to ESPN.
Durant’s show, “The Boardroom,” which has aired on ESPN+ for two seasons will not be renewed by the network, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
The show, which featured the Nets star, his agent Rich Kleiman and former NBA player Jay Williams, was centered on the evolution of sports business, but failed to gain much traction.
Per Marchand, there are no public metrics for shows on ESPN+, but ESPN can internally identify engagement on the subscription-based platform.
Durant, like many NBA stars, has business interests outside the NBA, and formed Thirty Five Ventures with Kleiman to develop projects, which included “The Boardroom.”
“Thirty Five Ventures are great partners and we look forward to continuing to discuss any future projects,” ESPN told The Post in a statement.
The 31-year-old Durant signed with the Nets last summer but did not play this season as he recovered from a torn Achilles tendon he sustained during the 2019 NBA Finals.
There was some discussion on whether or not Durant could potentially return for the NBA’s restart bubble in Orlando at the end of the month, but he dismissed that possibility in early June and later added that he likely would have skipped the bubble due to the coronavirus uncertainty and risk.
The Nets are among the most depleted teams heading toward the NBA bubble, resuming the season without Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler and others.