The Brooklyn Nets makes an attempt, albeit half-hearted, to commerce star ahead Kevin Durant have ended with the group releasing a press release saying the 2 sides have reconciled.
The choice ought to have a big influence on how the Lakers method the rest of the offseason.
“Steve Nash and I, together with [team owner] Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday,” Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks mentioned in a press release posted to Twitter. “We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”
The Nets’ emblem and the brand for “The Boardroom” — the title of Durant’s media firm — seem on the underside of the assertion.
Durant made a commerce request earlier this summer season, slamming groups just like the Lakers into impartial whereas they surveyed the attainable fallout from one of many league’s largest stars probably being dealt.
Durant has 4 years left on his deal and could be a free agent in 2026.
By not accepting any presents — the Nets, based on sources, had been searching for commerce packages with younger stars and a number of draft picks — Brooklyn scored a victory for possession towards participant calls for for offers.
The Nets, whom the Lakers had spoken with in commerce discussions for Kyrie Irving, by no means confirmed curiosity in accepting Russell Westbrook again in a deal. There was some hypothesis that the Nets’ stance would soften after a Durant commerce or that it’d be simpler to incorporate a 3rd (or fourth) staff in a deal after that state of affairs was resolved.
With Durant (and now virtually definitely Irving) staying in Brooklyn in the intervening time, the Lakers’ pathway to dealing Westbrook really will get somewhat clearer. There are additionally some wait-and-see issues to watch on the subject of Utah and Donovan Mitchell, who’ve been in discussions with the Knicks a couple of deal.
With a extra settled view, the Lakers could be earnest in discussions elsewhere across the NBA that don’t contain Irving — an element that’s definitely affected their offseason for the reason that starting of free company.
Sources throughout the group have insisted that their choices have at all times prolonged past Irving. Now with Brooklyn’s state of affairs settled, it’s on the Lakers to determine theirs with Westbrook.
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