Much of the NBA is settling in for a protracted wait on maintain earlier than the Kevin Durant scenario is resolved. But one league govt believes there might quickly be an opportunity for readability at the least.
“What I’m listening to is that KD goes to meet with the proprietor this week,” the supply advised Heavy Sports. “He’s going to go immediately to the proprietor, Joe Tsai, someday this week. We’ll see how that works.”
Whether the intent of the assembly is to clean over a relationship that suffered at the least a hairline fracture when Durant, with 4 years left on his contract, requested to be traded is unsure.
“I do not know,” stated the chief. “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 undecided any of that will get mounted right here. But possibly it does.”
Nets at a Stalemate in Durant Trade Process
The Nets have actually been partaking in commerce talks at the least since phrase emerged in late June that Durant wished to be dealt. But Brooklyn has been looking for top quality expertise and a number of first spherical draft picks for the 12-time All-Star and former league MVP, and nobody has but supplied a package deal approaching that haul.
There was a latest report that the Nets had weeks in the past turned down a suggestion of Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a primary spherical choose from the Celtics, however others have disputed to Heavy that such a proposal was ever actually on the desk.
A personnel exec from one other membership expressed disappointment with the method.
“I believe there’s some groups that are not very pleased that once they discuss to Brooklyn it will get within the papers,” he stated. “That would not assist. I’ve talked with a few groups that aren’t proud of the rumors that creep out of there via all this. It’s not a great way to do enterprise.”
Unless, maybe, the Nets try to roil the waters in Boston and harm the connection with Brown.
“That’s most likely why they will not get something achieved and why they have not had any conversations for some time,” stated a supply. “I do not assume they’re going to get something achieved with Boston.”
First Step in Durant Returning?
Another official from the South recommended there could also be little change in spite of everything in Brooklyn. When Kyrie Irving and the Nets had been unable to attain an settlement on a contract extension, he opted in to the ultimate 12 months of his pact and made himself a major candidate to be traded — if an affordable deal might be discovered for a possible one-year rental whose baggage fills a complete cargo maintain.
But if Brooklyn cannot get what it needs for Durant and Irving, it might be left to begin the season with them in hopes that issues work out on the ground or higher commerce affords emerge.
“My guess is they do not commerce both of them,” stated the latter supply. “Maybe Kyrie. I do not see them buying and selling Durant, as a result of they don’t seem to be going to get again what they need to. And I would not commerce him both. The hell with it. He signed the deal. The hell with it, proper?
“I do not see KD being a tough line man, both. If they cannot get a deal achieved, he is simply going to say,[Expletive] it,’ and he’ll play — and he’ll play laborious like he all the time does. I do know KD, and he is not going to sit out or something like that. He’s not that sort of man. There’s no manner. He’s not going to do something like that.
“If Brooklyn needs to be good now, the quickest manner to that’s KD and Kyrie and (Ben) Simmons collectively enjoying properly. With the rest, you are just about scrambling this season and ready for these draft picks to carry you one thing good down the road. No matter who you carry again in a commerce now, he is not going to be KD.”