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The feud between Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets may be just getting started.
ESPN Brian Windhorst. He said Durant’s next move to force a trade could be outside of training camp.
“A week ago, ‘Kevin Durant is going to miss training camp if he’s not traded?’ I used to be like, ‘Uh, I can’t see it.’ Now I see it. That’s where we’re headed,” Windhorst said. Hoop set Podcast.
Durant told Nets governor Joe Tsai he wanted a trade at the end of June. The organization has been moving at an impressive pace for weeks, understandably setting a price tag for the 12-time All-Star.
Shams Charania The Athletics and Stadium report said Durant met with Tsai earlier this month and said he wants coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks fired if the team wants him back next season. Tsai publicly responded to the report on Twitter, saying that he has no plans to accept Durant’s requests.
It’s likely a power play on Durant’s part to let such a serious question leak out publicly.
With no real movement on the trade front, the best way to force a Durant move is to make the situation as toxic as possible. Publicly calling for the resignation of a general manager and coach is one of the biggest plays a player has on his hands.
If the Nets can’t make a trade before camp, Nash and every other player on the roster will be forced to answer persistent questions about Durant’s desire to step down as coach. If Durant emerges, the focus will be on every interaction between the player and the coach. If he catches on, Durant will be the focus in a different way.
Regardless, the situation will be a circus. After the 2021-22 season in Brooklyn, each member of the front office may be looking for a more cohesive team next season.
Durant seems determined to make it as difficult as possible. It’s a strategy that will invite significant public disdain, but it may be his best bet to get out of Brooklyn before the season starts.