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The final days of a disappointing Brooklyn Nets season ended not with Ben Simmons on the floor with his teammates, but on the floor of his home, the pain from a back injury shooting through his lower body.

The Nets would go on to get swept by the Boston Celtics, with Simmons having back surgery shortly thereafter. While Simmons was rehabbing in the summer, Kevin Durant requested a trade — unless coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks were fired.

Nash wasn’t sacked, nor was he even shaken.

“Knowing Kevin as long as I have, it didn’t really bother me the way maybe everyone would think,” Nash said. “That’s a part of being a competitor, that I wasn’t like overly surprised and I wasn’t even overly concerned. It was just something that I thought we would address in time and we did, and here we are and we’re looking forward.”

The Nets opened training camp Tuesday with Simmons finally on the floor with his teammates, wearing a new number. But the book wasn’t closed on 2021-22 just yet, not with Nash first having to revisit the tumultuous summer.

He and Durant have had a lengthy relationship: Nash was a consultant with Golden State during Durant’s stint with the team. When the Hall of Fame point guard was hired as Nets coach in 2020, despite no experience, it was assumed that the superstar player had weighed in.

So it was shocking when reports surfaced that Durant wanted him out, except to Nash.

“You know, I never thought that was 100%. There’s a lot of things that it’s not black and white like that,” Nash said. “So there’s a lot of factors, a lot of things behind the scenes, a lot of things that are reported are not accurate. A lot of things that are reported are not 100% accurate, so you get fragmented bits of truth, things that are flat-out not true.”

Nash said he knew he would talk to Durant at some point, and they did meet in August, along with Marks and owners Joe and Clara Wu Tsai, where they decided to continue together. Nash wouldn’t specify what was said to get Durant back on board.

“But it was an opportunity for us to clear the air and just communicate and it was pretty straightforward,” Nash said. “Didn’t take a lot of time and got to bottom of it and decided to move forward.”

Durant pointed to how poorly the Nets played while he was sidelined by a knee injury in January and February as one of the reasons for his frustration, saying the team wasn’t respected by its opponents. That was confirmed Tuesday by newcomer Markieff Morris, who played with Miami last season.

“I agree with what he said. They were soft,” Morris said. “Point blank. When we played against them, they were soft. Just go right in their chest. That’s what we did.”

Having Simmons should help. He was an All-Defensive first-team pick in his final two seasons in Philadelphia, with the size and strength to guard all five positions.

“He’s strong as hell,” Morris said.

Simmons sat out training camp last year after deciding he would no longer play in Philadelphia for mental health reasons. The 76ers eventually sent him to Brooklyn in February in a deal headlined by James Harden, but the 2016 No. 1 draft pick’s back problems flared up soon after he arrived.

It turned out Simmons had a herniated disk and had a procedure to remove a portion of it in the offseason.

“I don’t think people really realized where I was at,” Simmons said. “That day I was supposed to play Game 4, I woke up on the floor. Couldn’t move, could barely walk.”

He does exercises to manage the back pain and also said he takes daily steps to improve his mental health.

“That’s just working on yourself and I feel like everybody has dark days, but when you’re able to address it and you’re able to work toward a place to where you need to be, that’s where I am,” Simmons said.

Most importantly for the Nets, he’s finally out there alongside Durant. Nobody could be certain that would happen in the summer, though Nash never believed Durant had closed the door.

“It was never really as big a deal to me,” Nash said. “I always thought we’ve have our moment, discuss it and choose a course, and we’re fortunate to all be in the gym working again.”

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun still wants to be traded to a playoff contender. He’s not going to let that impact how he plays while he’s still in the desert.

“I’ve been here a while now and the way I operate and take care of my business, I try to get better every day,” Chychrun said Wednesday, a day before the Coyotes start training camp. “All I’m going to focus on is continuing to get better, get healthy — that’s obviously the biggest thing right now.”

Chychrun will not be ready for the start of training camp and possibly preseason games after having wrist and ankle surgery in the offseason. He will play for the Coyotes once he is healthy, but the team will likely move him to a contender at some point.

The Coyotes are in year 2 of a rebuild that started with trading away veteran players for draft picks before that season. Arizona finished with the second-fewest points in the NHL last season and is expected to be near the bottom again this year.

The team approached Chychrun about a possible trade to a contender before last season and again early in the season, but the Coyotes could not find a suitable deal for one of their best players.

“Throughout the start of last season, I had a lot of reflection time and some really, really emotional, hard reflections with my loved ones and family,” he said “We ultimately decided to take them up on that offer and try to get moved on to a better situation.”

The 24-year-old Chychrun has been one of the anchors of Arizona’s team, both as a top-line defenseman and a leader in the locker room. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defenseman is a physical presence at the blue line and a capable scorer, eclipsing 20 points five times in his six NHL seasons.

“It’s kind of a mutual position for me to get moved on to a situation with a chance to win and a team that’s fighting for the Stanley Cup and for them here to be able to get assets,” Chychrun said. “I understand how rebuilds work. I think it could be mutually beneficial.”

The New York Jets are open to offers for wide receiver Denzel Mims and plan to grant his trade request, sources told SNY’s Connor Hughes.

On Thursday, Mims informed the Jets he would like to be traded due to frustration over a lack of opportunities amid a crowded receiving corps.

“We feel at this point a trade is our only option since the Jets have repeatedly told us they will not be releasing him,” Mims’ agent Ron Slavin said in a statement to Hughes. “(Jets general manager) Joe Douglas has always done right by Denzel, and we trust that he will make every effort to find him a new home where he can be a contributor.”

The Carolina Panthers called the Jets to inquire about Mims, league sources told The Athletic’s Joe Person. Mims played under Panthers head coach Matt Rhule during his collegiate career at Baylor.

While New York is open to parting with the third-year wideout, a deal will only get done if the franchise feels it’s for equal value, according to Hughes.

Mims has struggled to carve out a role in his two seasons with the Jets. He’s started 11 of his 20 career games but has tallied just 31 receptions for 490 yards. After displaying some promise in his rookie campaign, the 24-year-old caught just eight receptions for 133 yards in 2021.

Corey Davis and Elijah Moore currently lead New York’s receiving group. Mims rounds out a depth chart that also features 2022 first-round selection Garrett Wilson alongside Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims has requested a trade, his agent announced Thursday.

The 2020 second-round pick struggled in his first two seasons in the NFL, producing just 490 yards and zero touchdowns.

Mims was a non-factor in 2021, catching only eight passes for 133 yards in 11 appearances (three starts).

With first-round receiver Garrett Wilson joining a group that also features Elijah Moore and Corey Davis, Mims has been fighting for the No. 4 receiver spot with Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith.

Kevin Durant isn’t going anywhere after all.

The Brooklyn Nets superstar and his agent met with the club’s brass in Los Angeles on Monday and have agreed to move forward in their partnership, Nets general manager Sean Marks announced Tuesday.

“We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn,” Marks said in a statement.

Durant shook the NBA landscape this summer with his trade request. After the club didn’t facilitate a deal, he reportedly issued an ultimatum to the Nets, demanding a trade or the firing of Marks and head coach Steve Nash.

Brooklyn owner Joe Tsai then promptly took to social media to back Nash and Marks.

Durant has four years remaining on his deal, which is worth $194 million. The two-time NBA Finals MVP averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 boards, and 6.4 assists last season. However, injuries have limited Durant to just 90 appearances during his Nets tenure.

The uncertainty surrounding Durant and co-star Kyrie Irving didn’t stop Brooklyn from filling out its roster. The team brought back Patty Mills and Nic Claxton in free agency, traded for 3-and-D wing Royce O’Neale, and signed forward T.J. Warren.

Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith plans to play out his contract after previously requesting a trade amid extension negotiations.

“Negotiations are over right now,” Smith said, according to team reporter Larry Mayer. “I’m just going to bet on myself like I’ve always done.”

Smith returned to practice Saturday for the first time since the start of training camp, joining his teammates in a non-contact workout. He previously took part in the team’s offseason program but was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp. The Bears activated him from the PUP list on Aug. 10.

Earlier in August, Smith released a statement indicating his desire for the franchise to trade him. In the letter, the star defender shared that he believed the Bears’ new leadership “doesn’t value me” since extension conversations began in April.

New general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus reportedly offered Smith a backloaded contract that wouldn’t have made him the highest-paid player at the position. Poles also revealed his intentions were “to sign Roquan to this team.”

The 2018 first-round selection is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal, and he’s set to earn $9.7 million this season before possibly becoming a free agent in 2023.

Smith tallied a career-high 163 tackles along with 12 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2021.

The Brooklyn Nets have not gotten any closer to trading Kevin Durant since the superstar asked the team to dismiss head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks, reported ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on “Get Up” Monday.

Durant reportedly made the request to Nets owner Joe Tsai earlier in August, with Tsai publically backing his coach and front office member soon after the report surfaced.

Windhorst adds the Nets are reportedly not receiving upgraded trade packages after originally being underwhelmed with the offers they received, while Durant has apparently not forced Brooklyn to ramp up the trade negotiation process following his ultimatum.

NBA teams begin training camp in September, at which time Durant will need to determine whether he’ll report to the Nets if no trade comes to fruition.

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is interested in moving to the Philadelphia 76ers, adding another aspect to his lengthy trade request saga, sources told SNY’s Ian Begley.

High-ranking members of the 76ers’ organization are pushing for talks with Brooklyn in hopes of trading for the former MVP, Begley adds.

Any deal with Philadelphia would likely include up-and-coming guard Tyrese Maxey and starting forward Tobias Harris, along with a plethora of draft picks.

Durant would also reunite with a two-time teammate in 76ers guard James Harden, who he had a rocky relationship with at the end of their Nets tenure before the team dealt Harden to Philadelphia in February.

The 33-year-old originally requested a trade at the end of June and reportedly recently told Nets owner Joe Tsai the organization would have to decide between retaining him or head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.

In addition to the 76ers, Begley reports that Durant has interest in joining the Boston Celtics, a team that has previously been linked to the scoring forward in recent weeks. However, Durant has reportedly voiced his desire to play alongside Celtics guard Marcus Smart, a likely candidate for the team to send to Brooklyn in a potential trade.

Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has requested a trade after failing to come to terms on a new contract extension.

Smith said the team’s new leadership “doesn’t value me” and “has been trying to take advantage of me” since talks began in April. He added that forcing an exit “is deeply painful” as he wanted to play in Chicago for his entire career.

The Bears, who hired general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus this offseason, offered Smith a backloaded contract that wouldn’t have made him the highest-paid linebacker in salary, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The proposed deal also reportedly contained de-escalators that no non-quarterback earning $15-million-plus annually has in their contract.

Indianapolis Colts star Shaquille Leonard currently tops the linebacker market at $19.7 million per year.

Smith, who’s in the final year of his rookie contract, is one of the rebuilding Bears’ few franchise cornerstones after earning back-to-back All-Pro second-team nominations over the past two seasons.

Pole said he’s “disappointed” by Smith’s trade request and doesn’t want to lose him, according to Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“We have to do what’s best for the team … but my intention is to sign Roquan Smith,” said the GM.

The linebacker started camp on the physically unable to perform list before being activated Wednesday. He was reportedly planning to report to training camp but not participate in any practices.

The 25-year-old has racked up 524 total tackles, 14 sacks, and five interceptions since the NFC North club selected him at No. 8 in 2018. He produced a career-high 163 tackles last season.

Cleveland Browns star running back Nick Chubb can’t imagine playing without teammate Kareem Hunt.

“I think it’s really important (to have Hunt on the team),” Chubb said Monday on NFL Network. “He’s my best friend, on and off the field. He’s a great person to be around. I couldn’t imagine playing without him. I want him to be here, whatever they got to do to keep him here. I want to play with Kareem.”

Chubb’s comments come a day after Hunt reportedly requested a trade. Hunt, who’s entering the last season of a two-year, $12-million extension he signed in 2020, is looking for a new contract with Cleveland. He didn’t participate in team drills for consecutive days last week but rejoined activities Sunday. Cleveland apparently has no intention of moving Hunt.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Sunday the reported trade request isn’t distracting the team.

Chubb and Hunt form arguably the NFL’s best duo of running backs. Chubb, the team’s leading back, has taken the league by storm since being drafted in the second round in 2018, averaging at least five yards per carry in four straight campaigns. The 26-year-old, who inked a three-year, $36-million extension in 2021, rushed for 1,259 yards and eight touchdowns last year despite missing three games.

Meanwhile, injuries limited Hunt to only 78 carries for 386 yards and five touchdowns in eight appearances last season. The 27-year-old previously racked up 1,145 scrimmage yards and 11 scores while playing all 16 games for the Browns in 2020.

Hunt led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards as a rookie in 2017 for the Kansas City Chiefs, who drafted him in the third round. He signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2019.