Kevin Durant claims Nets have ‘all tools and the pieces’ to become ‘playoff-contending team’ amid Suns defeat

Kevin Durant’s time with the Brooklyn Nets was forgettable at best. While KD has already set his legacy in stone by the Championships won with Dub nation, his impact was far from consistent on the Brooklyn squad, majorly because of injury.

Now plying his trade for the Phoenix Suns, the NBA superstar has finally found his form, dropping masterclasses day in and day out. Recently, Durant shared candid thoughts on his former franchise, the Nets, and their possible chances of making it to the NBA postseason.

Kevin Durant talks on Nets chances to qualify for NBA Playoffs

Former Brooklyn Nets player Kevin Durant, who had called the Barclays Center home for a significant part of four seasons, expressed his competitive support for the Nets, acknowledging their efforts.

After the “big 3” experiment with James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Durant himself faced challenges, the Nets traded Durant to acquire Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, Jae Crowder, four unprotected first-round picks, and a 2028 pick swap from the Phoenix Suns. This trade aimed to build a future-proof team for the Nets.

In a recent interview, KD shared his candid thoughts on the playoff chances of his former franchise. “They got all the tools and the pieces to be a playoff-contending team and make some noise. They are way better than what their record shows. I’m always following and watching and seeing what they’re doing,” Durant said.

The NBA veteran, despite experiencing a bittersweet ending to his tenure with the Nets, remained optimistic about the franchise’s future led by a young core and coach Jacque Vaughn.

The Brooklyn Nets currently occupy the 11th seed, just outside the top 10, in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-28. As there are 35 games remaining in the regular season, Coach Jacque Vaughn’s team aims to secure a spot in the top 10, currently trailing the Atlanta Hawks by a single loss.

Kevin Durant reflects on savage gesture to Cam Thomas

During the press conference, Durant addressed the savage “mini” gesture he showed his former teammate, Cam Thomas, in their last game. The player revealed that the two have a brotherly relation owing to the fact that he shared the same jersey with Cam for a year and a half.

“Any time I can score on Cam and talk s–t to him, man. We’ve been doing that since I’ve known him. He’s my brother and I gotta teach him a lesson if he’s going to guard me out there.”

In their recent matchup, Durant outperformed Thomas, scoring 33 points compared to Thomas’ 25. Despite the competition, the interaction was marked by a friendly gesture in the third quarter. Durant called for an isolation play against Thomas, successfully banking in a shot off the glass and earning a foul, all in good spirits between the two buddies.

Kevin Durant shined as the Suns beat the Nets 136-120, but this savage gesture was the highlight for many fans. In his Nets days, Kevin took Cam under his wing being the elder statesmen and universally respected in the locker room. Cam Thomas truly looked up to KD as a mentor.

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