Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant discusses Kyrie Irving-Nets situation, is 'positive' about things working out

The Brooklyn Nets wrapped up their preseason schedule with a regulation 107-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Barclays Center. The win improved the team to 3-1 in the preseason, though the win did take a backseat to postgame media.

It would be the first time the Nets' superstar Kevin Durant would speak to the media after the Nets made the decision to not allow Kyrie Irving back unless he is eligible on Tuesday and Irving's Instagram live on Wednesday night.

Asked multiple questions about Irving, Durant answered all of them with poise.

MORE: Why Nets may not offer Irving the max

Last season, Irving averaged 26.9 points and six assists while shooting 50-40-90 from the field. How would the Nets make up for that kind of a loss?

"Over time, we are going to start to figure out which guys going to step up and play, fill that void, those minutes, those shots and those opportunities."

Clarifying that he hadn't spoken to Irving since the team's announcement, Durant indicated that he wasn't upset with the team's starting point guard.

"What is being mad gonna do? It's not gonna change his mind."

Nets head coach Steve Nash, who had been answering Irving-related questions in every media interaction since Media Day, voiced a similar mentality of focusing on what's important with with the available players.

"I think I have pretty much said everything I had to say about it," Nash said while stating that he hadn't listened to Irving's Instagram Live. "I really want to focus on moving forward."

While Nash, James Harden, KD and the Nets are all attempting to stay focused on their goal of the season - to win a championship - with the roster they have available, all of them would be happy to have Irving back.

Durant, who signed along with Irving in Brooklyn in 2019, was 'positive' about things moving forward between the Nets and the star point guard.

The Nets now have four days off before they tip their season on opening night in Milwaukee against the defending champions. Having played all of the preseason without Irving, they should be well prepared but will the team remain legitimate title contenders if he was to miss all season? Nash believes so but only time will tell.

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