The Nets got Kevin Durant‘s blessing to go ahead on the James Harden trade, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report writes.
“Kevin’s the one that pulled the trigger with this,” a source told Fischer. “Kevin’s the one that said, ‘Do this deal.’ There was growing concern that this entire season would be lost and then they’d lose James for nothing.”
While Durant wanted to keep Harden around, KD saw the writing on the wall.
“KD didn’t want to get rid of James,” a person familiar with the situation told Fischer. “But he knew it was over.”
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Evans Reinstated: Tyreke Evans has been reinstated by the NBA, according to Wojnarowski. He was suspended back in 2019 due to a drug ban.
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Bucks Make Move: The Bucks have agreed to a deal with DeAndre’ Bembry, according to Wojnarowski. Bembry will add a nice, lengthy defender next to Giannis Antetokounmpo as well as an excellent lane filler.