Brooklyn Nets governor Joe Tsai voiced his assist Monday evening for the entrance workplace and training employees after Kevin Durant informed Tsai to decide on between him and the workforce’s normal supervisor and coach.
Tsai and Durant lately met in London, ESPN sources confirmed, wherein Durant reiterated his need to be traded and advised the franchise wanted to decide on between him and coach Steve Nash and normal supervisor Sean Marks.
Our entrance workplace and training employees have my assist. We are going to make choices in the most effective curiosity of the Brooklyn Nets.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022
Durant initially requested for a commerce June 30 and hasn’t backed off that request. At 33 years previous, Durant has 4 years and $198 million left on his contract, which suggests Brooklyn will be affected person with ready out groups for the form of return it believes will finally emerge for a star participant reaching the commerce market in his prime.
The assembly between Durant and Tsai was first reported by The Athletic, which additionally famous it occurred on the one-year anniversary of Durant signing his extension.
Durant, together with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, joined the Nets in the summertime of 2019 after Marks and then-coach Kenny Atkinson had helped lead the franchise out of the doldrums and to a stunning postseason berth.
Since then, nothing has gone the way in which the Nets deliberate.
Durant sat out the 2019 season whereas recovering from an Achilles tear, Jordan was traded, Nash was employed to switch Atkinson, James Harden has come and gone and Ben Simmons has but to make his Nets debut. Irving opted into the ultimate 12 months of his contract with the workforce this offseason, however has not obtained an extension. He performed in 29 video games final season after selecting to not get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Irving had created a listing of groups he would have preferred the Nets to think about working with on a sign-and-trade deal in the event that they could not agree on phrases for him to remain in Brooklyn, however the Los Angeles Lakers have been the one workforce recognized to have an interest, sources informed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Irving is now not eligible for a sign-and-trade deal. The Nets might nonetheless work to commerce him as an expiring contract, however Irving would haven’t any formal voice in a possible touchdown spot.
He has till June 30 of subsequent 12 months to work out an extension with the Nets earlier than turning into an unrestricted free agent.