Brooklyn Networks Owner Zhou Tsai and Kevin Durant They are said to be meeting this week to discuss the star’s standing with the franchise.
Durant requested the trade on June 30, the start of the NBA free agency. This came shortly after Kyrie Irving exercised his player option for the 2022-23 NBA season. Can Durant and Tsai come together head-on, causing the 33-year-old to back down on his trade bid?
Shannon Sharp said in Undisputed that he believed Tsai would meet Durant because the Nets had not received the commercial offers they wanted and now viewed him as a better option.
“It looks like Joe Tsai is trying to make peace,” Sharp said. “I think what happened is the mall got kind of cold. Deandre Ayton re-signed, going to Phoenix, which basically means Kevin Durant going to Phoenix is basically gone. Jaylen Brown’s suggestion, there was no counter-offering that didn’t happen. There wasn’t the bidding war the Nets expected given what Rudy Gobert had gone into.
“…so I think Joe Tsai wants to sit down with KD: ‘KD, bro, we want you,’ and how do we make it right?” How do we make it better? What do we need to do as an organization in order to make sure Kevin Durant is happy, and we can get you what you need to win a championship? “
Brooklyn is emerging from an eventful season.
It all started with not letting Irving play at all in downtown New York with tasking the COVID-19 vaccine with playing at home games. Irving eventually appeared in 33 inter-season and post-season competitions, after the Nets eventually welcomed him to road matches and the city’s mandates were lifted.
Brooklyn replaced James Harden with the Philadelphia 76ers on the NBA trading deadline – just one year after getting him from the Houston Rockets – in exchange for a titled package Ben Simmons, who didn’t play a game last season due to injury and cited mental health issues. The Boston Celtics swept the net in the first round of the conference’s eastern playoffs as the seventh seed.
In this off-season, the Nets acquired winger Royce O’Neale of the Utah Jazz in their 2023 first-round pick, re-signed big man Nic Claxton and goalkeeper Patty Mills on two-year deals, and signed striker TJ Warren on one. One-year deal.
Skip Bayless thinks Durant and Tsai will come to the same page in their meeting.
“I think he will be told and sold on the fact that Keri is still around, and you need to fix the fences with Keri because it will be different next year once Ben Simmons is healthy, and that is healthy and happy mentally and physically,” Bellis said.
Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists while shooting 51.8%/38.3%/91.0% last season. He missed his debut season with the Nets (2019-20) due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, appearing in 35 of a potential 72 games the following year and 55 games last year.
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