Kevin Durant Nets 17 décembre 2021

Kevin Durant a posé un sale ultimatum au proprio des Nets Joe Tsai

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Considered the big deal of the summer, the potential transfer of Kevin Durant is struggling to materialize for the moment. But that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening in Brooklyn, quite the contrary. According to the latest news from New York, KD would have outright asked the owner of the Nets to choose between him and the duo Sean Marks – Steve Nash. We take stock.

Passed by London this weekend, Kevin Durant did not only attend the concert of Travis Scott alongside his former teammate James Harden. He also met with Joe Tsai to discuss his future with the Nets and, spoiler, he decided to put a lot of pressure on the owner of the Nets to try to unblock the current situation. Indeed, according to Shams Charania of Athleticism, KD not only reaffirmed his desire to be transferred but in addition, he posed an ultimatum to the boss of Brooklyn. Basically, here is the message: “Do you want to keep me? So we will have to release Sean Marks and Steve Nash”. Just as a reminder, Marks has been the Nets’ general manager since 2016, while Nash came on the bench as a coach in 2020. No need to cut corners, Durant doesn’t really trust the current management. from Brooklyn, or at least that’s what he wants to convey to get what he’s been looking for for several weeks now: a new home. You don’t really have to be a genius to understand that we have just moved up a gear in this file, Durant clearly creating a rift between him and his superiors. Until now, the scenario in which the Nets resist the request of their franchise player – under contract for four additional years – to try to leave with the current workforce despite his desires to leave was one of the possibilities, but now we have more and more difficult to consider. Certainly, theoretically this scenario is still valid, except that the situation is becoming increasingly hot in Brooklyn. Imagine two seconds KD landing at training camp with Steve Nash in less than two months, hello the atmosphere eh.

In 2019, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving arrived together in the beautiful Nets project built in part by Sean Marks, a project based on a solid franchise culture after the Mikhail Prokhorov period when Brooklyn had bet everything on the short term. A year later, Steve Nash landed to take control of the team on the bench following the departure of coach Kenny Atkinson a few months earlier, the former double MVP then being supported by a KD with whom he had spent several seasons on the side. of Golden State. It’s 2022 now, and the Nets’ championship project may seem closer to exploding than ever. We are not going to come back to all the episodes that caused the current situation, but it seems quite obvious that disputes over Kyrie Irving’s long-term extension this summer are at the heart of the mess characterizing the Nets right now. While Sean Marks had slept quite a bit in front of his stars before the chaotic season experienced in 2021-22, the latter pushed the GM to tighten the screw a little until refusing the extension requested by Uncle Drew during the off-season. , the ankle breaker ultimately having to settle for a $36 million player option. When we know the very close relations between Irving and Durant, it clearly left its mark and even if we don’t know exactly what prompted KD to ask for his trade on June 30, we probably wouldn’t be there if the Nets had reached an agreement with Irving on an extension. But Here we areand we can’t wait to see how this whole file will evolve in the days and weeks to come. A piece of advice, hang in there.

Also according to Shams, Boston, Toronto and Miami remain the most credible candidates to acquire the services of Kevin Durant. Will this pressure from KD come to unblock the situation a little? How will Joe Tsai react to his franchise player’s ultimatum? These are the kinds of questions we can ask ourselves today. In any case, one thing is certain: things are getting more and more trendy in Brooklyn.

Text source: The Athletic

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