Nets star Kevin Durant requested a trade in June. It’s now August and he is nonetheless no nearer to being moved.
Now a report Tuesday claims Durant goes to sit down face-to-face with Nets proprietor Joe Tsai this week, a gathering that ought to not less than supply a modicum of readability shifting ahead — be it a reconciliation or a breakup.
“What I’m listening to is that KD goes to meet with the proprietor this week,” a supply informed Heavy Sports. “He’s going to go straight to the proprietor, Joe Tsai, someday this week. We’ll see how that works.”
The Nets declined to touch upon the report.
Durant requested a trade on June 30, the day after Nets level guard and longtime good friend Kyrie Irving — with whom he’d arrived as a bundle deal in 2019 — opted into the ultimate 12 months of his contract. It was additionally days earlier than Durant’s personal four-year extension, which he signed final summer time, kicked in.
To date, Durant has by no means brazenly defined why he grew to become disgruntled and desires out of Brooklyn. It’s additionally unclear whether or not the assembly can be to reiterate and reinforce his need to depart, or to categorical modifications he desires to be made so as to keep.
“I do not know,” the manager informed Heavy Sports. “I don’t know what is going on to come of that assembly. There are some issues that KD is sad about, and I’m unsure any of that will get mounted right here. But perhaps it does.”
Tsai and Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks had agreed to work with Durant and enterprise associate Rich Kleiman to search buying and selling companions, however to date there was no actual traction in a market skewed by the Jazz’s haul in return for Rudy Gobert, primarily 5 first- spherical draft picks.
The Athletic reported every week in the past that Durant nonetheless desires to be traded. The Post had reported that there had been contact between Durant’s camp and the Nets entrance workplace, though it’s unclear whether or not it was the star or Kleiman, and unsure at what stage of the group. Now these talks could possibly be a tête-à-tête between the 2 events concerned.
Although Durant was largely seen as being on his method out within the days after the trade request, The Post has reported that the scenario is trending in direction of the four-time NBA scoring champion nonetheless being in Brooklyn for coaching camp. The Heavy Sports report backs that up, with one other NBA supply betting the Nets will preserve each Durant and Irving.
Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP and 12-time All-Star. Despite being 33, he is much more impactful a participant for the Nets than something they will get in return — and up to now, the presents have clearly been underwhelming. Durant has 4 years left on his contract, and a historical past that claims he loves taking part in and hates sitting out. To assume he’ll maintain out indefinitely if not traded strains credulity.
The Nets have reportedly requested for the likes of Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns in return for Durant, and just lately rejected a suggestion of Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-round choose from Boston, in accordance to The Athletic.
Brown — who was drafted by former Celtics boss Danny Ainge, not present GM Brad Stevens — was Boston’s greatest participant within the NBA Finals and has simply two years left on his contract. He was already thought of a flight danger, and after he responded on social media to his title arising in trade rumors, there’s a notion across the league that the revelation of Boston purchasing him may plant seeds of discord.