While the Nets confirmed on Tuesday that Kevin Durant is officially off the trade market, some rival executives remain skeptical about just how hard the team tried to move him this summer, as Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com writes.
“What Brooklyn was asking for was ridiculous,” one executive involved in the process told Bulpett. “They knew it. We knew it.”
If the Nets’ intention all along was to hang onto Durant by setting an asking price that no team would be willing to meet, the situation played out exactly as they hoped. But even if they genuinely attempted to move him following his June 30 trade request, another league executive was impressed by how they handled the saga, Bulpett writes.
“Brooklyn just said, ‘Enough of this s–t.’ And good for them,” the exec told Heavy.com. “This should be a blueprint for every team that goes through something like this. … It’s important to maintain good relationships and loyalty and all that with your players, but if the player is doing something that’s hurting the team — hurting the business — then you have to stand your ground and remember how you got the money to buy the team in the first place.”
One league source who spoke to Bulpett suggested that Nets owner Joe Tsai was determined to reclaim control of the franchise after having all but ceded that control to Durant and Kyrie Irving for a few years when they signed with the team in 2019.
“He gave them the keys to the Ferrari and they took it out and they wrecked it — and he decided he wasn’t going to give them another set of keys,” that source said. “The statement he made on Twitter? That was Joe Tsai saying that he was going to be the one who decides who drives, and it isn’t going to be them.”
Here are several more items on Durant and the Nets:
- The Nets and Durant can talk about moving forward with their partnership all they want, but the foundation in Brooklyn has been fractured, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, who says the team is under pressure to win in 2022/23 or risk finding itself in a similar situation next offseason.
- The Durant drama helped mask other major questions facing the Nets, including what they can realistically expect from Irving and Ben Simmons in ’22/23 after the two stars essentially had lost seasons in ’21/22, writes Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
- A handful of ESPN’s analysts, including Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks, explore where Durant and the Nets go from here and make predictions about how long Durant and Irving will remain in Brooklyn and where the team currently stands in the East’s pecking order.
- In a YouTube video, ESPN’s Bobby Marks says one of his main takeaways from the Durant saga is that it’s OK for players to request trades and for teams ultimately not to grant those requests, suggesting that major changes to the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement shouldn’t be necessary.
- What exactly does Durant want? That question seems harder than ever to answer in the wake of this offseason’s drama, according to Chris Herring of SI.com, who says it’s unclear whether KD’s top priority is to win championships or to have things completely on his terms.
- In a column for The New York Post, Mike Vaccaro paints the Nets’ leadership group in an unflattering light and refers to the last couple months in Brooklyn as “the most laughable basketball saga we’ve ever seen.”
21 thoughts on “Kevin Durant Notes: Reactions, Next Steps, More”
Nets keep big 3
What is the Next step?
Irving not available
Lakers trade Westbrook for ？
Pacers would want both picks unprotected now
Kyrie will walk after another playoff implosion by the Nets. Nobody else will want to go to join KD in that circus and play on the most ugly court in the NBA. When the dust settles, the real loser will be Mr Tsai.
I knew that Lakers would have $20 million cap room next summer.
Nets are likely to give extension to Irving
Trading Kevin Durant just isn’t smart. It’s six guys in the NBA that really shouldn’t be able to get traded and that’s Giannis Antetokounmpo LeBron James Stephen Curry Nikola Jokic Luka Doncic and Kevin Durant.
The framework is just to hard and they too great of players and talent.
So it’s great to see Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving coming back to the Brooklyn Nets. If they healthy and Ben Simmons healthy and they all can lock in it’s a championship caliber roster.
It’s just their head coach Steve Nash is the worst head coach in the history of the NBA and can’t get as far with him.
They need a head coach more like a Mark Jackson Quin Snyder or Frank Vogel coaching this roster. A dark horse candidate is somebody like Phil Handy.
I would hate to be a nets fan
Sorry but I don’t see this as a win for the Nets. It’s a bandaid when they needed a tourniquet. Sure you have KD locked up for 4 years. Great. Ky leaves next season and you’ll get nothing back then KD asks to be moved again. Now what? Every day that passes KD loses value. His contract gets shorter while he gets older. Nets really should’ve taken Brown from Boston and the 1sts from LA and hit the reset button. They will know enjoy purgatory… AGAIN
For one this allows the dust to settle. Before the owner’s statement there was absolute chaos surrounding the nets. Big time dust show.
The next step now is that you hope Kevin Durant wants to prove that he is still a world class top five player. That’s the next step. Winning. Let’s see if it happens. I think it’s what ownership is counting on.
Winning solves everything and this nets team has a tremendous amount of talent. Top 5 team .
Yes exactly. I wrote my reply before reading yours. Agreed.
Part of me believes that Durant rescinded his trade request thinking teams will panic and increase their offer now that they think he’s unavailable. I fully expect Durant to request another trade by Christmas.
It won’t matter what Durant says or will say later. Ownership has stated that they are in charge not the players. Even if it means keeping an unsuccessful coach or gm. “We’re in charge, you’re not, and I don’t care about the optics or results.” But they signed off on putting this team together in the first place and the Hope is still to win. Let’s see if it happens and how much pride the players have when they step on the floor.
Steve Nash should have been fired a great player does not always translate to a great Coach. This was clear after the Celtic series disgrace and will again be clear after this season ends. It is what it is
Is Durant going to be as big a dbag as Harden was when he didn’t get his way? Is he going to show up out of shape and not give a crap?
Nash hopefully now has the experience to coach if not. He needs to fired 25 games in and bring in someone proven like Snyder or JVG. Mark Jackson would be perfect but they don’t want Christian in the Woke NBA. But Steph Curry says he is one.
Spike, Curry picks his spots. He praises the Lord after EVERY three-pointer made. He is at the height of professional athletic success and does what he can within the limits of that to proclaim his faith.
Do you want him to give all that up to have a bigger Christian voice? We have those folks as well. Tim Tebow is a great voice but not a professional athlete who made it big.
It’s easy to be critical of Curry and saying he should do “more.” But then I ask myself, with the gifts I’ve been given, am I doing “more?” Did I witness to the guy next to me in line or ask if I could pray for him or help him in any way?
The man who did Proclaim his faith in a major way and does preach on the street corners of the San Fernando Valley, lost his job and no longer has the respect and high standing in the nba. Now he’s a shunned game analyst guy who no one likes (his own doing, by the way.) That’s what you want Curry to do?
He has not spoke out on Abortion or Marriage maybe he does not have too but Tebow does. Curry is a prosperity Christian but no Christ Follower.
Are you joking? The whole country is uber Christian – it’s practically in the constitution – total insanity for a country that proclaims itself secular. You can be anything you like, but don’t force others to believe it. Jackson forced team prayer. That’s some BS.
There are conflicting reports on This Mark Jackson forcing prayer.
Owners should get rid of the current CBA rules because this s**t ain’t over yet. I won’t be surprised if DM or Zion request a trade if things don’t go their way this season.
NBA lost its respectability and reputation, it became a circus show with players unwilling to fulfill their obligations. The players level of maturity has gone down and franchises are being held hostages by these cocky childish players.
I’d trade KD to the Spurs for two firsts and an autographed Tim Duncan bobblehead.