Kevin Durant to meet with Nets’ Joe Tsai about trade request

Nets star Kevin Durant requested a commerce in June. It’s now August and he’s nonetheless no nearer to being moved. 

Now a report Tuesday claims Durant goes to sit down face-to-face with Nets proprietor Joe Tsai this week, a gathering that must a minimal of provide a modicum of readability shifting forward — be it a reconciliation or a breakup. 

“What I’m listening to is that KD goes to satisfy with the proprietor this week,” a provide instructed Heavy Sports activities actions. “He’s going to go on to the proprietor, Joe Tsai, sometime this week. We’ll see how that works.” 

The Nets declined contact upon the report. 

Durant requested a commerce on June 30, the day after Nets degree guard and longtime good buddy Kyrie Irving — with whom he’d arrived as a bundle deal in 2019 — opted into the final word yr of his contract. It was moreover days sooner than Durant’s private four-year extension, which he signed ultimate summer season, kicked in. 

Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) looks on in the first half of Game 3 of the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Brooklyn.Kevin Durant seems to be like on all through Sport 3 of the first spherical of the NBA playoffs in direction of the Boston Celtics.Corey Sipkin/New York Publish

Up to now, Durant has under no circumstances openly outlined why he turned disgruntled and needs out of Brooklyn. It’s moreover unclear whether or not or not the meeting may very well be to reiterate and reinforce his have to depart, or to express modifications he needs to be made with the intention to maintain. 

“I don’t know,” the supervisor instructed Heavy Sports activities actions. “I have no idea what’s going to come back again of that meeting. There are some points that KD is gloomy about, and I’m not sure any of that may get mounted proper right here. Nonetheless maybe it does.” 

Tsai and Nets frequent supervisor Sean Marks had agreed to work with Durant and enterprise affiliate Rich Kleiman to hunt shopping for and promoting companions, nonetheless to date there was no precise traction in a market skewed by the Jazz’s haul in return for Rudy Gobert, principally 5 first-round draft picks. 

Nets owner Joe Tsai, center, watches during the first half of the Eastern Conference 2022 Play-In Tournament between the Nets and Cavaliers at Barclays Center on April 12, 2022.Nets proprietor Joe Tsai, coronary heart, watches in the middle of the primary half of the Jap Conference 2022 Play-In Match between the Nets and Cavaliers.Getty Footage

The Athletic reported each week up to now that Durant nonetheless needs to be traded. The Publish had reported that there had been contact between Durant’s camp and the Nets entrance office, albeit unclear whether or not or not it was the star or Kleiman, and not sure at what stage of the group. Now these talks may presumably be a tête-à-tête between the two occasions involved. 

Though Durant was largely seen as being on his method out throughout the days after the commerce request, The Publish has reported that the state of affairs is trending in direction of the four-time NBA scoring champ nonetheless being in Brooklyn for teaching camp. The Heavy Sports activities actions report backs that up, with one different NBA provide betting the Nets will preserve every Durant and Irving. 

Durant is a two-time NBA Finals MVP and 12-time All-Star. No matter being 33, he’s far more impactful a participant for the Nets than one thing they may get in return — and so far, the gives have clearly been underwhelming. Durant has 4 years left on his contract, and a historic previous that claims he loves having fun with and hates sitting out. To imagine he’ll preserve out indefinitely if not traded strains credulity. 

The Nets reportedly have requested for the likes of Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Cities in return for Durant, and never too way back rejected a suggestion of Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-round select from Boston, according to The Athletic. 

Brown — who was drafted by former Celtics boss Danny Ainge, not current GM Brad Stevens — was Boston’s biggest participant throughout the NBA Finals and has merely two years left on his contract. He was already considered a flight menace, and after he responded on social media to his determine creating in commerce rumors, there’s a notion throughout the league that the revelation of Boston buying him could plant seeds of discord.

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