ESPN confirms information from The Athletic: Kevin Durant and Joe Tsai, the owner of the Nets, met well in London to discuss the Brooklyn winger’s wishes elsewhere.
He reaffirmed his wishes elsewhere, assuring that he no longer has confidence in the direction of the team.
However, the 2014 MVP has indicated he may change his mind, provided Joe Tsai part ways with Sean Marks, the general manager, and Steve Nash, the coach. A request confirmed by a message from the billionaire on Twitter.
“Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.” Thus he published lapidary.
Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.
—Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022
By rejecting Kevin Durant’s ultimatum, Joe Tsai knows he is entering into a confrontation with the player, when a transfer now seems inevitable…but remains particularly tricky to set up.
Changing course in Brooklyn
Can Kevin Durant skip training camp, or even the regular season, if Brooklyn doesn’t trade him anytime soon? Many doubt it, the winger loves basketball so much that it seems difficult to see him retire from the game, but in any case he seems extremely firm in his desire to leave.
For the Nets, it is in any case a real change of direction, with a return to the philosophy of the franchise prior to 2019. With Kenny Atkinson, Sean Marks and Brooklyn they had thus established an interesting and promising identity, which had attracted precisely Kevin during and Kyrie Irving. The club then went to great lengths to satisfy the two players, between building the roster, firing Kenny Atkinson and the arrival of Steve Nash, a close friend of Kevin Durant and a former MVP respected enough to be able to manage Kyrie Irving.
A strategy that, therefore, has now led the Nets to a dead end, while the Irving/Durant duo imagined an even more “collaborative” management, when the franchise no longer wants to give everything to its two stars.
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