On leaving the Nets for more than a month, Kevin Durant does not yet know when he will be traded. Its leaders have started negotiations, but impossible to reach an agreement. It seems unlikely to see a trade before the start of the next season, which means that the player is ready to make a strong decision.
Three short years in the Big Apple, and now Kevin Durant should play for a new team next season. There is no lack of interest in the superstar, so the Nets are dragging out the negotiations. No question for the front office to make gifts, which means that it will be necessary to release a mountain of assets to make things happen. To this day, no one wants to move a finger, even if we talk about KD in exchange.
However, the teams should be jostling at the gate for one of the best players in the league, who still has 4 years left on his contract. But everyone prefers to temporize, hoping that things will change as training camp approaches, which will see the light of day in September. That’s when the Nets can get less greedy, or the suitors will up their offer.
Kevin Durant ready to force the hand of the Nets?
But nothing is done yet, not until a drinkable offer arrives on the Nets table. In the event that nothing moves in sight of the camp, it is said that KD is already ready to make a strong decision, namely to stay at home, to wait for a trade. A tactic similar to Ben Simmons with the Sixers, although the Australian had to wait months before being traded, while being deprived of his salary.
“A week ago, if you had asked me, ‘will Kevin Durant hold out of training camp if he’s not traded?’ I would have been like, ‘I can’t see it.’ Now I can see it. That is what we’re headed towards.”
—ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) August 13, 2022
“A week ago, if someone had asked me, ‘Is Kevin Durant willing to forfeit training camp if he’s not traded?’ I probably would have said, “No, I can’t believe it.” But now I can. That’s where we’re headed. Brian Windhorst
We must therefore believe that KD is ready to give up the camp, just to force the hand of its leaders. What bother them? Not necessarily. If the winger is not playing, he is not at risk of injury, which means that it will not pose any problem with his trade. It remains to be seen whether this tactic will force the hand of the Nets, who have been fairly quiet so far.
Kevin Durant loves basketball, yes, but that doesn’t mean he’s still ready to come back to the Nets to avoid missing games. He wants to leave, and makes it known with his recent ultimatum. Brooklyn remains calm, knowing that the pressure will be on the Celtics, or the Sixers. It promises.