Nets Notes: Durant, Irving, LeVert, Luwawu-Cabarrot

Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been “brutally honest” with their input into the team’s coaching situation, but neither will be in Orlando to watch interim coach Jacque Vaughn in action, writes Brian Lewis of The New York Post. General manager Sean Marks discussed their input during a Friday interview with WFAN.

“It would not be smart of us if we were not to involve some of these key players in this decision,” Marks said. “Kevin, Kyrie, we’re going to pick their brains on what they’re looking for in a leader, what they need. They’ve been brutally honest so far. I’m not going to be asking Kevin to come down to Orlando to evaluate anybody. When you get to the level of those elite players, they have ultimate goals in mind. They want to be held accountable. Kevin and Kyrie have told me they want to win a championship in Brooklyn.”

Marks noted that Irving is “doing well” in his recovery from shoulder surgery in March, but implied that the team never gave serious consideration to having Irving or Durant play in Orlando, citing the “risk-reward” factor and how it could affect the franchise in the long run.

There’s more Nets news this morning:

  • With a severely short-handed team headed for the NBA’s restart, Brooklyn’s next decision will be how much to use Caris LeVert, Lewis adds in the same piece. LeVert has a history of being injured and is considered the team’s best trade asset if it decides to pursue a third star. “I don’t make those decisions; I feel like that’s outside of me. That’s Sean and ownership. That’s not really my job to think of those things,” LeVert said.
  • The Nets’ roster woes will provide an opportunity for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to prove he deserves a larger role, Lewis states in a separate story. After being waived in a preseason, then working his way onto the roster through a two-way contract and a pair of 10-day deals, Luwawu-Cabarrot should see plenty of playing time in Orlando. “It’s huge for us, huge for me,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to miss them. But as we say this year and as it’s always been, it’s next man up. You have to stay ready and be ready to play … I’m sure they’ll support us and we’ll try and do the best job we can.”
  • Matt Brooks and Chris Milholen of NetsDaily discuss potential replacements for DeAndre Jordan, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
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8 thoughts on “Nets Notes: Durant, Irving, LeVert, Luwawu-Cabarrot

  1. bigeasye

    I rank Kyrie’s ring up there with the water boy and announcer. Maybe above the sweat mop kid. He was a solid #2 but no way he wins without LeBron. The Cavs stunk when Kyrie was the guy, and the Celtics were better without him than with. Let him have all the input he wants. He’s still going to pound the rock into the ground and take I’ll advised fade-away threes out of the flow
    Of the offense

  2. Sillivan

    Next season salary including cap hold
    76ers 158 million
    Celtics 148 million
    If luxury tax line stays at 132 million
    which big salary should they cut?

    Nets don’t care about tax

  3. The Human Rain Delay

    Your going to need to drill deep if your looking to find anything in Kyrie or Kevins brain worthwhile

    Q- Am I wrong to want this to go bad in every single way moving forward?

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    No way Vaughn is coach next yr. Those two will have biggest impact on who coach is. They have to get experience guy. I would think Thibs, Jackson, Kidd, Brown all fit the bill. To me DAntoni is a great fit. Don’t look like Rockets going to resign him.
    Not big fans of Kyrie or KD. But I can see a meltdown if things don’t go well. I know this. Their window is 3 yrs. They can’t afford to make mistakes. I would love to have Dinwiddie in NYK. IMO Nets will go hard for another all star. KD and Kyrie have already started crying for one.

    • bostondynasty

      Their window is zero. KD will be a ghost of his former self and Kaylee is…Kaylee.

      • El Don

        Dude you have a lot of serious issues! I can never remember a post of yours were you are not insulting someone! Get a life & get out of here if you can’t intelligently & maturely discuss hoops!

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