Skip Bayless has made his way back to the NBA headlines as he delivered a spiced-up take for the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant situation. It’s been more than a month since he requested a trade from the Nets. Recently, he also shocked the NBA world by giving an ultimatum to the organization in a meeting with owner Joe Tsai in London of either riding with him or the Head Coach Steve Nash and General Manager Sean Marks. The Nets haven’t made any decision publically yet but are favoring the coaching staff and management of the team as they are testing Kevin Durant in the market but so far haven’t been able to get any satisfying deal. Skip Bayless though believes the Brooklyn Nets now hold higher grounds in the conversation as KD is really out of help and lost his right to be the decision maker since he got on the wheels to leave the team when they want him the most.
Skip Bayless still has Kevin Durant listed as the best player in the world and is riding with his month-old take of KD and the Nets running it once again. It makes sense as the seven-footer is also under a contract with the team through the 2025-26 season. He got himself an extension in 2021 worth $198 million for four years. So him just choosing to part ways with the team isn’t going to be that easy and even the market now knows that the bridge between the superstar and the Nets is burnt so they’ll make sure that they benefit from it. On the other hand, the Nets will also make sure that they get the best possible return in exchange for the best scorer in the league’s history. So Skip Bayless saying that KD is losing leverage against the team as time passes is not at all wrong.
Skip Bayless believes Kevin Durant has cornered himself during talks with the Brooklyn Nets
Skip recently debating and discussing the Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets situation with Shannon Sharpe on Undisputed, quoted: “I still believe Kevin Durant is the best player on the planet. I still say he is remarkably, astonishingly, all-time valuable commodity that you cannot get in return for, you cannot get Kevin Durant back. But I must admit to you, that I got to sleep on it for a whole week as I watched it all unfold. Kevin Durant is looking worse and worse by the minute. He is backing himself deeper and deeper into a corner he will not be able to flail out of. This was the last act of a desperate man who knows his bluff has been called by Joe Tsai and those upstairs for the Brooklyn Nets, and he realizes he is losing all not most of his leverage…You just can’t get out from the four-year contract even if your owner and GM just dig in and say sorry no.”
Further, Skip Bayless also talked about how Kevin can’t just give up and play half-heartedly to force his way out. As he isn’t the guy to do such things and has got himself a ton of respect out there. He also focused upon the market being small and tough for him to get traded to his desired teams like Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics. As they don’t have enough resources to pull such an exchange and even if they do they won’t be willing to give up a lot of their future for the seven-footer as soon he’ll be 34 years old. Also, KD isn’t the guy in charge no more to decide what is best for him and his future as the team would make sure they do what’s best for them and their future.