Do Players have more control over where they will play, than the teams they are associated with? Seems like that, since Kevin Durant’s trade request away from Brooklyn has made Skip Bayless question the overall validity of NBA contracts. The Brooklyn Nets had one of the most nightmarish seasons, with catastrophes on and off the court, as the Nets were swept off their feet by the Boston Celtics in the first round of playoffs, concluding their disappointing season and a disastrous postseason, far below preseason hopes and expectations.
The Brooklyn Nets are tangled in their own webs, being laughed and trolled at for the atrocious season they went through. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have been at the fore of that disappointment and mockery, the star leaders of a club, that on paper could have reached The Finals.
Last January, they brought James Harden to the already existing duo of Kyrie Irving and KD. This year, they were forced to trade him, as they plummeted from the #2 seed to barely getting a play-in spot, and got swept in the first round. All this has led to people questioning the future for the Brooklyn duo, and its doesn’t seem so bright
“But this is now the way business is done in the NBA” – Skip Bayless is unimpressed with the power players have over their contracts, after Kevin Durant’s trade news
This offseason is proving to be a wild ride already, with Kyrie deciding to opt into his $36.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season, thus delaying his free agency for another year. However, his teammate and supposedly good friend Kevin Durant is already looking for other options. KD is one of the rare players that Skip Bayless barely criticizes, barring the occasional jibber-jabber, but this situation has made him think about how players can influence the management of a team into favoring their decision, rather than binding to the contract.
KD entering the first year of his $194 million contract with the Nets didn’t make him hesitate for once to put out a transfer request straight to the owner of the Brooklyn franchise and Kyrie’s op-in option surely played its part in this dramatic sequence of events. But that is the kind of leverage a player of his caliber can now have over the management as it is not the first time we are witnessing this. James Harden a few months back with the Nets.
Skip Bayless, one of the popular analyst in the games of NBA and NFL believes that this is what makes the NFL a more intriguing sport. While the power disparity is shocking, the ability of players to be able to decide where they want to play gives them more freedom to express themselves on court.
The Brooklyn Nets were thrown out of the NBA Playoffs by the Championship contending Boston Celtics, as they clean swept the Nets 4-0 in the series. Life has not been easy for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving ever since, as they have been under constant scrutiny from the media and the fans. Durant tried to form his own super team in Brooklyn but the plan hit a snag this season.
Irving and Durant joined the Nets during the summer of 2019, it’s been an era of disappointment and untapped potential thus far. The Big 3 of the Nets, consisting of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden played just 16 games together, making it hard to cash in fully on their names. Durant missed a quarter of this season due to a knee injury, Irving missed nearly two-thirds due to his refusal to get vaccinated, and Harden demanded a trade, one that brought back Ben Simmons, who still hasn’t played a game.
The whole scenario surrounding the team had been extremely upsetting considering the amount of the hype that was created on them making a title run once they had a full roster, but it was a complete hundred and eighty. The Nets are now at the risk of losing all of their ‘Big 3’ superstars, without even making the conference finals.
It’s certainly a triple-double of problems, problems and more problems for the Nets as they face plenty of questions financially and technically. From figuring out a way for the team to get over the lows and win a championship, the team also has to take care of the business side and make sure they can continuously support the franchise financially to keep competing in the future. As for Kyrie and KD, the future looks uncertain, as we look forward to how the story develops, although rest assured, this isn’t the last rant Skip Bayless has given about Kevin Durant.