It seems there’s no bad blood between Nets star Kevin Durant and James Harden, who forced his way out of Brooklyn and landed with the 76ers in February.
Durant, who recently doubled down on his trade request in a meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai, and Harden are “back on good terms,” according to ESPN.
The former teammates have also been spending time together in the offseason amid a report by SNY’s Ian Begley that “high-ranking members of the Sixers” are interested in discussing a Durant deal with the Nets.
Last week, now-viral videos appeared to show the NBA All-Stars working out together on a court in Barcelona.
Days prior, Durant and Harden attended a Travis Scott concert at London’s O2 Arena, where the rapper’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, shared a video of the players spraying him with champagne.
Durant and Harden were all smiles in the footage that showed the pair celebrating Scott at his first headlining show since last year’s tragedy at his Astroworld music festival, in which 10 people died and many others were injured.
Durant, who will turn 34 in September, signed a four-year, $198 million extension with the Nets last August. The Nets want a massive haul in return for a player of Durant’s caliber, making it difficult to land a potential trade partner.
The Nets and Sixers aren’t unfamiliar trade partners, as they worked together in February to complete the blockbuster swap that sent Harden to Philadelphia and Ben Simmons to Brooklyn.
Harden signed a two-year deal in July to return to Philadelphia, taking a $15 million pay cut ahead of the 2022-23 season. The guard turned down his $47 million player option to free up cap space for the Sixers to “compete for a championship.”
Sixers star Joel Embiid agreed to a supermax contract extension last August that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2026-27 season. Philadelphia also added P.J. Tucker to bolster their roster, signing the former Miami Heat veteran to a multi-year deal in June.