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Nets cut national TV exposure thanks to Kevin Durant drama

The NBA schedule won't be announced until Wednesday, but it's already clear that Kevin Durant's trade request has made the Nets' ratings less certain than they once were.

Brooklyn will visit the Lakers on Nov. 13 and the Warriors on Jan. 22 in San Francisco, league sources told The Post. But even though it could be Durant's first game to play in front of Golden State fans since leaving the Bay Area for the Nets, that game won't be played on ABC, ESPN, or TNT nationally. It's scheduled for NBA TV, not in the typical spotlight.

The schedule will not be officially announced until 3:00 pm. But it's the latest indication that the league office isn't entirely convinced Durant will still be on the Brooklyn roster by that point. Durant, the 2018 NBA Finals MVP, missed his entire first Brooklyn season as he rehabilitated a torn right Achilles tendon he sustained in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. The champion Toronto Raptors.

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On February 13, 2021, Durant is 20 He scored a point and led the Nets to a 134-117 victory, but the game was played without fans in the stands due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Durant missed his 110-106 loss to Golden State on January 29 of this year, missing the trip due to a left MCL injury.

Brooklyn was left off the Marquee His Christmas His Day slate for the first time since 2020.

LeBron James of the Nets and Los Angeles on Nov. 13 His visit to the Lakers is set to take place on his ESPN, the league. A source told The Post. Assuming Brooklyn general his manager Sean Marks and owner Joe His Tsai are in good shape and won't agree to Durant's trade demands until then, Durant won't face James until his Christmas 2018. Become.

Brooklyn will reportedly face the New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson on October 19, according to The Athletic. It will likely mark the Nets debut for Ben Simmons, who was acquired on Feb. 10 for former MVP James Harden but missed the rest of the season with a back injury that ultimately required surgery.

The NBA has announced that there will be no games on Election Day, November 8th. According to the league, the decision stems from "the focus of the NBA family on promoting nonpartisan civic engagement and encouraging fans to plan and vote during the midterm elections." 32}