The NBA has been waiting during the Kevin Durant trade issue to come to a head. One executive in the league thinks that clarity is on the horizon.
According to Heavy Sports, Durant is going to have a sit down with Nets owner Joe Tsai this week. Fans are all hoping the situation will be resolved for the best. However, it’s uncertain about the trade going forward, even though Durant has four years left on his contract.
“What I’m hearing is that KD is going to meet with the owner this week,” the source told Heavy Sports. “He’s going to go directly to the owner, Joe Tsai, sometime this week. We’ll see how that works.”
“I don’t know,” said the exec. “I have no idea what’s going to come of that meeting. There are some things that KD is unhappy about, and I’m not sure any of that gets fixed here. But maybe it does.”
The Nets have engaged in trade talks since late June with Durant. However, Brooklyn has been seeking high-quality talent and multiple first-round draft picks for the 12-time All-Star and MVP. Currently, no one has yet offered an appealing package for the trade.
There was a report recently that the Nets turned down an offer of Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and a first-round pick from the Celtics weeks back. However. others have disputed that such a proposal was ever considered
“I think there’s some teams that aren’t very happy that when they talk to Brooklyn it gets in the papers,” he said. “That doesn’t help. I’ve talked with a couple of teams that are not happy with the rumors that creep out of there through all this. It’s not a good way to do business.”
“That’s probably why they won’t get anything done and why they haven’t had any conversations for a while,” said a source. “I don’t think they are going to get anything done with Boston.”
But another official from the South suggests there may be little to no change in the situation, while using the example of Kyrie Irving and the Nets unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension, he opted into the final year of his pact and made himself a prime candidate to be traded. Brooklyn can’t get what they want for Durant and Irving, worse case scenario is to start the season with them in hopes that things work out.
“I don’t see KD being a hard line guy, either. If they can’t get a deal done, he’s just going to say, ‘[Expletive] it,’ and he’ll play — and he’ll play hard like he always does. I know KD, and he’s not going to sit out or anything like that. He’s not that kind of guy. There’s no way. He’s not going to do anything like that.
“If Brooklyn wants to be good now, the fastest way to that is KD and Kyrie and (Ben) Simmons together playing well. With anything else, you’re pretty much scrambling this season and waiting for those draft picks to bring you something good down the line. No matter who you bring back in a trade now, he’s not going to be KD.”
We will continue monitoring this ongoing story here at Thirsty. Obviously, there are a lot of things left to unpack in this trade situation.
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