Kevin Durant to meet with Nets owner Joe Tsai over trade request

Kevin Durant to meet with Nets owner Joe Tsai over trade request

Nets star Kevin Durant requested a trade in June. We are now in August and it is still not close to being moved.

Now, a report on Tuesday claims Durant will sit face-to-face with Nets owner Joe Tsai this week, a meeting that should at least offer some modicum of clarity moving forward — whether it’s a reconciliation or a breakup.

“What I hear is that KD is going to meet the owner this week,” a source told Heavy Sports. “He will go directly to the owner, Joe Tsai, this week. We’ll see how it works.

The Nets declined to comment on the report.

Durant requested a trade on June 30, the day after Nets point guard and longtime friend Kyrie Irving — whom he had arrived with on a forfeited basis in 2019 — opted for the final year of his contract. It was also days before Durant’s own four-year extension, which he signed last summer, takes effect.

Kevin Durant attends Game 3 of the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics.
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To date, Durant has never openly explained why he was upset and wanted to leave Brooklyn. It’s also unclear whether the meeting would be about reiterating and reinforcing his desire to leave, or expressing the changes he wants to make to stay.

“I don’t know,” the executive told Heavy Sports. “I have no idea what will happen from this meeting. There are some things that KD is unhappy with, and I’m not sure that’s fixed here. But maybe yes.

Tsai and Nets general manager Sean Marks had agreed to work with Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman to seek business partners, but to date there has been no real traction in a market skewed by the Carrying the Jazz in exchange for Rudy Gobert, essentially five first-round draft picks.

Nets owner Joe Tsai, center, looks on during the first half of the 2022 Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament between the Nets and the Cavaliers at Barclays Center on April 12, 2022.
Nets owner Joe Tsai, center, looks on during the first half of the 2022 Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament between the Nets and the Cavaliers.
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The Athletic reported a week ago that Durant still wanted to be traded. The Post had reported that there had been contact between Durant’s camp and the Nets’ front office, though it’s unclear if it was the star or Kleiman, and uncertain at what level. organisation. Now, these talks could be a one-on-one between the two parties involved.

Although Durant was widely believed to be on the verge of leaving in the days following the trade request, The Post reported that the situation is pointing towards the four-time NBA champion still in Brooklyn for training camp. . The Heavy Sports report backs it up, with another NBA source betting the Nets will keep both Durant and Irving.

Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP and a 12-time All-Star. Although he’s 33, he’s a much more impactful player for the Nets than anything they can get in return — and the offers so far have clearly been disappointing. Durant has four years left on his contract and a history that says he loves to play and hates to sit still. To think it will hold forever if not traded is gullibility.

The Nets have reportedly asked for Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns in exchange for Durant, and recently rejected offers from Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-round pick from Boston, according to The Athletic.

Brown – who was drafted by former Celtics boss Danny Ainge, not current general manager Brad Stevens – was Boston’s best player in the NBA Finals and has just two years left on his contract. He was already considered a leak risk, and after responding on social media to the appearance of his name in trade rumors, there is a perception in the league that the revelation of Boston buying him could be divisive. .

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