Much of the NBA is settling in for an extended wait on maintain earlier than the Kevin Durant state of affairs is resolved. But one league govt believes there might quickly be an opportunity for readability at the least.
“What I’m listening to is that KD goes to meet with the proprietor this week,” the supply instructed Heavy Sports. “He’s going to go straight to the proprietor, Joe Tsai, someday this week. We’ll see how that works.”
Whether the intent of the assembly is to clean over a relationship that suffered at the least a hairline fracture when Durant, with 4 years left on his contract, requested to be traded is unsure.
“I do not know,” stated the chief. “I don’t know what is going on to come of that assembly. There are some issues that KD is sad about, and I’m unsure any of that will get fastened right here. But perhaps it does.”
Nets at a Stalemate in Durant Trade Process
The Nets have definitely been engaged in commerce talks at the least since phrase emerged in late June that Durant needed to be dealt. But Brooklyn has been looking for top quality expertise and a number of first spherical draft picks for the 12-time All-Star and former league MVP, and nobody has but provided a package deal approaching that haul.
There was a current report that the Nets had weeks in the past turned down a proposal of Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a primary spherical decide from the Celtics, however others have disputed to Heavy that such a proposal was ever actually on the desk.
A personnel govt from one other membership expressed disappointment with the method.
“I feel there’s some groups that are not very comfortable that after they discuss to Brooklyn it will get within the papers,” he stated. “That would not assist. I’ve talked with a few groups that aren’t pleased with the rumors that creep out of there via all this. It’s not a great way to do enterprise.”
Unless, maybe, the Nets are attempting to muddy the waters in Boston and injury the connection with Brown.
“That’s in all probability why they will not get something performed and why they have not had any conversations for some time,” stated a supply. “I do not assume they’re going to get something performed with Boston.”
First Step in Durant Returning?
Another official from the South instructed there could also be little change in spite of everything in Brooklyn. When Kyrie Irving and the Nets had been unable to attain an settlement on a contract extension, he opted in to the ultimate 12 months of his pact and made himself a primary candidate to be traded — if an inexpensive deal might be discovered for a possible one-year rental whose baggage fills a complete cargo maintain.
But if Brooklyn cannot get what it needs for Durant and Irving, it might be left to begin the season with them in hopes that issues work out on the ground or higher commerce presents emerge.
“My wager is they do not commerce both of them,” stated the latter supply. “Maybe Kyrie. I do not see them buying and selling Durant, as a result of they don’t seem to be going to get again what they need to. And I would not commerce him both. The hell with it. He signed the deal. The hell with it, proper?
“I do not see KD being a tough line man, both. If they cannot get a deal performed, he is simply going to say, ‘[Expletive] it,’ and he’ll play — and he’ll play exhausting like he all the time does. I do know KD, and he is not going to sit out or something like that. He’s not that type of man. There’s no means. He’s not going to do something like that.
“If Brooklyn needs to be good now, the quickest means to that’s KD and Kyrie and (Ben) Simmons enjoying nicely collectively. With the rest, you are just about scrambling this season and ready for these draft picks to deliver you one thing good down the road. No matter who you deliver again in a commerce now, he is not going to be KD.”