Kevin Durant trade rumors: Nets owner Joe Tsai responds to reported ultimatum involving Steve Nash, Sean Marks – CBS Sports

Kevin Durant trade rumors: Nets owner Joe Tsai responds to reported ultimatum involving Steve Nash, Sean Marks - CBS Sports

More than a month has passed since then Brooklyn Nets Superstar Kevin Durant requested a trade just hours before free agency began, and there was nothing to suggest a transaction was imminent. In fact, “pessimism” about a deal was reported because Durant is becoming soon. The Nets are having a hard time finding other teams to help facilitate a trade, which given the high asking price for a player of Durant’s caliber isn’t entirely surprising.

As we approach the start of training camp, there’s always the possibility that Durant could still be a member of the Nets when the 2022-23 season begins. However, during a face-to-face meeting in London with team owner Joe Tsai over the weekend, the former league MVP reiterated his stance that he still wants to be traded, according to Shams Charania. Durant’s attitude hasn’t wavered at all through this whole process, but in a bit of new information, the two-time champion also told Tsai that the Nets have to choose between him and the tandem of head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks, via Charania . Durant is said to have no “faith” in the direction of the franchise, and with the ultimatum that he has now been thrown, it throws a new wrench into Brooklyn’s plans going forward.

Tsai replied on Monday night tweeting, “Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

While the Nets have fallen short of their championship aspirations in every season Durant has played for them, it’s surprising to hear that he’s essentially calling for both Nash and Marks to be fired. Especially as it relates to Nash, who initially received support from Durant in the hiring process due to the time the two spent together in Golden State. Nash compiled a 92–62 record in two seasons with the Nets, including playoff appearances in both years. However, Nash’s tenure got off to a rocky start when Irving said on Durant’s podcast that he don’t really see the team having a head coach according to team leadership, shortly after Nash was hired. Durant agreed and said the workout could be a “collaborative effort” between Nash, Durant, Irving and even assistant coach Jacque Vaughn. While that could be read as the two star players just wanting to be vocal leaders for their team, it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement right after Nash was hired.

While Nash put together back-to-back winning seasons, his coaching wasn’t exactly spotless. Brooklyn’s defense has been heavily criticized in the past two seasons, and the isolation offense they’ve run hasn’t been the most successful game plan. There were also reports surfacing that Nash’s coaching style was part of the reason James Harden requested a trade from the Nets. So while Durant initially supported Nash when he was brought in, there are certainly reasons why that support may have waned.

As for Marks, it’s hard to see exactly what issues Durant has with the Brooklyn general manager, who is a well-respected administration in the league. Just this offseason the Nets made moves that improved their supporting cast around Durant and Irving — should the two stay in Brooklyn — by adding Royce O’Neale, TJ Warren and re-signing Patty Mills. The team will also get a fully healthy Joe Harris and Ben Simmons to add even more talent around their two stars.

This new information about Durant reportedly forcing Tsai to choose between him or Nash and Marks certainly makes this whole ordeal more complicated, and we’ll have to wait and see if any other fallout comes from it.

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