Kevin Durant has set his foot firm on bring trade before the upcoming season commences. The Brooklyn Nets obviously suffered last season with several issues pertaining to player availability, the coaching staff or other interpersonal problems. According to numerous sources, the Slim Reaper’s request may have been triggered reasons outside of his teammates reliability.
The Nets definitely have enough assets for a title contending team as Kyrie Irving has opted in for a one-year deal worth $36.5 million. The long awaited return of three-time All-Star Ben Simmons as well as sharpshooter Joe Harris may also benefit them by a mile. The addition of T.J. Warren and resigning of Patty Mills as well as Nic Claxton will also create more depth.
Kevin Durant confronts Nets owner Joe Tsai face to face
According to the Athletic, Kevin Durant had a face-to-face discussion with Nets owner Joe Tsai. The 12-time All-Star gave Tsai an ultimatum stating either he should trade him or reconsidering the pairing if general manager Sean Marks and Head Coach Steve Nash. This shows that issues are much more internal than what meets the eye.
KD signed a four-year extension worth $198 million just a month before requesting a trade. He will be entering the contract starting this season. As to what happened, Tsai tweeted expressing his support toward the Nets front office and coaching staff. This may possibly be a hint at the decision he has made regarding Durant’s pleas.
Frank Isola fires at Joe Tsai for not standing his ground
The Nets have apparently tried contacting every team in the league to trade Kevin Durant. Simultaneously, the front office have priced the Reaper’s value really high thus making deals tougher. Sports writer Frank Isola believes the Nets owner was too soft towards Durant’s forwardness. He said,“I’m going to say to him, ‘We will do everything in our power to trade you but only if the deal is right for us. We are running a business here, we did what you wanted with James Harden.”
“So, all our draft picks now belong to the Houston Rockets. But if you want to be traded, we will do everything we can, be prepared to show up for training camp because unless we get a deal we want, we’re not making a deal. Is that understood?’ And then Kevin Durant kind of nods and said, ‘Alright, I’d appreciate if you did everything you could to get a deal.’ ‘Oh, and one last thing, don’t ever come into my office again and make ultimatums about who I should keep and who I should fire, don’t ever do that again.'”