Kevin Durant may end up starting the season with the Nets despite trying to force his way out of Brooklyn.
Last week it was reported that Durant had told Nets owner Joe Tsai that he wanted the team to fire head coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.
Tsai and Durant recently met in London, ESPN sources confirmed, and Durant reitd his desire to be traded and suggested the franchise needed to choose betwee,n him and coach Steve Nash and general m,anager Sean Marks.
Reports then surfaced that Durant would like to play alongside James Harden and the Sixers but according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst “nothing has happened” and nothing may happen because Durant has no leverage to force a trade after signing a max contract last year.
"Nothing has happened. The dynamic around Kevin Durant hasn't changed at all… Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets… We may be here at the end of August, we may be here in mid-September."
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“Nothing has happened. The dynamic around Kevin Durant hasn’t changed at all… Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets… We may be here at the end of August, we may be here in mid-September.”
Things could get interesting if Durant decides to sit out as Kristian Winfield of the Daily News is reporting.
Via NY Daily News
That has been the prevailing belief — that Durant, a 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP, is above the idea of holding out of camp because he is a master of his craft and a lover of the game. A source, however, pushed back on the idea that Durant will show up to training camp in September if his request goes unfulfilled.