Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks divulged Tuesday that he received input from the team’s medical staff before signing Kevin Durant.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Marks said the team doctors and trainers were unanimous in their belief that the Nets should sign KD to a max contract:
“That was a pretty moving moment. When you know there’s a group of young men and women that are here saying, ‘Hell, we can’t wait for that challenge. We cannot wait to sacrifice whatever it takes to get [Durant] out on the court again, and probably prove people wrong.’ Again, it’s that sort of chip on your shoulder. [Head coach] Kenny [Atkinson] and I talk about it a lot, players having that. But I think it’s also important that your entire organization has something to prove.”
Even though Durant suffered a torn Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which means he may not be able to play again until the 2020-21 season, the Nets signed KD to a four-year, $164.26 million max deal as part of a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors.
There is a big risk involved with signing a player who will be 32 and coming off a torn Achilles when he returns.
But when it’s a special talent like Durant, you take the gamble.
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