Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets

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After demanding a trade on June 30, Nets general manager Sean Marks indicated in a statement released on Tuesday

that the former MVP and two-time NBA champion will remain with the franchise. (This is the first year of Durant's $198 million, four-year contract.)

"Yesterday in Los Angeles, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman met with [coach] Steve Nash and I, along with [governors] Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai,"

Marks added. "Our partnership will continue at this point, both of us agree. We are putting all of our energy into basketball with the hope of one day bringing a championship to Brooklyn."

With this information, where are Durant, Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn, and the Eastern Conference standings?

Is it safe to say that the Nets have emerged as the new favourites in the Eastern Conference, eclipsing perennial powers like the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks?

Tim Bontemps: You're finally acknowledging the truth of the issue. The contract for Durant extends for another four years. 

Nobody is even coming close to providing Brooklyn what it needs. Durant could either play or try to hold out, both of which were viable options.

The Hon. Jamal Collier: Okay, I guess it was a good way to kill some time. Even while this outcome has felt likely for a while,

I'm still doubtful about the endurance of this collaboration. Though it seems we're all on the same page for the time being,

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