Kevin Durant Notes: Pelicans, Nets, Standoff, League Reaction –

Kevin Durant Notes: Pelicans, Nets, Standoff, League Reaction -

after to reaffirm his desire to be treated away from the Networks in a meeting with a principal owner Joe Tsai last weekend, All-Star forward Kevin Durant would consider sitting out Brooklyn’s training camp in September if he’s still on the roster, a source says Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.

Winfield reports that, among the possible business partners of the Networks, the Pelicans stay interested in Durant. Winfield suggests New Orleans could put together a “compelling” package that includes a 2020 All-Star forward. Brandon Ingramstill only 24, along with interesting young role players like Herbert Jones and Jose Alvaradoplus significant draft equity.

Here’s Durant’s latest chatter:

  • After looking like surefire title contenders thanks to their 2021-era core of Durant, an All-Star guard James Hardenand Kyrie Irvingthe Nets fell back to the ground. Ian O’Connor of The New York Post writes that the franchise has devolved back into the kind of laughing stock it often was when still based in New Jersey. The team appears to be in total disarray after Durant’s repeated trade request.
  • John Hollinger of The Football Club believes the Nets still have a negotiation over Durant. Hollinger credits that to the fact that the 33-year-old’s four-year, max-salary extension is just beginning, and his advanced NBA age diminishes his trade value somewhat. Hollinger writes that, if Durant chose not to play for the beginning of the season, the Nets could try to miss the playoffs. The team owes a pick trade to the Rockets in 2023, but the Rockets still project to miss the postseason themselves, meaning Brooklyn could get a quality pick regardless.
  • Officials and coaches around the league are outraged at Durant’s request that Tsai either trade him or fire the team president. Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nashby Steve Bulpett of “Livid,” one team president told Bulpett describing their emotional reaction to the news. “He and Kyrie basically told Sean they were coming [in 2019 free agency], and Sean did pretty much anything they wanted after that. Signature DeAndre Jordan for four years? That’s what Kyrie and KD wanted. Get James Harden? Then get a guy who should be a perfect complement for them [Ben Simmons] when harden wanted out? Sean did all that… And now KD doesn’t like how it all works? There are probably some other people he should talk to about it, maybe even a teammate.”

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