According to reports, Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai and Kevin Durant spoke last week. Apparently, Tsai and the Nets did not have a good meeting.
He maintained his trade request and informed Tsai that either he or general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash would be fired if he was not dealt with.
That’s a big ask for h, who originally asked Brooklyn for a trade in late June. The Celtics allegedly made contact with the Nets regarding Durant, offering Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and a draught pick.
Brooklyn reportedly rejected Boston’s offer
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Brooklyn reportedly rejected Boston’s offer and demanded that Marcus Smart be added to the deal with Brown.
According to Charania, the Celtics are among “the most major prospects” to acquire Durant, along with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.
Financial incentive to move quickly to acquire Durant
The Nets don’t have a financial incentive to move quickly to acquire him because his contract has four years left on it and no opt-out clauses.
Regardless of whether Durant receives the greatest offer prior to the start of the season, it is in their best interest to hold out for it.
Durant is attempting to increase his leverage
However, it appears that Durant is attempting to increase his leverage by issuing Brooklyn with an ultimatum. Either find a way to move him, or fire the general manager and head coach.
If the Nets take Durant’s warning seriously, a trade for the 12-time All-Star might happen sooner rather than later before the start of the current campaign.
The Celtics are allegedly unwilling to include both Brown and Smart in the trade despite having the strongest trade package to offer Brooklyn for Durant.
Could this most recent development persuade the Nets to negotiate with Boston for a deal that includes Brown but excludes Smart?
As Durant increases the pressure on his current employer, we might learn more in the upcoming weeks.