Kevin Durant recently sat down with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai to discuss his future with the team. NBA analysts expected it to be a fruitful meeting, which led him to rescind his trade request. However, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Durant remained firm on his decision to leave the team.
He reportedly demanded the organization choose between him or the duo of coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. On “The Odd Couple Podcast” with TJ Houshmandzadeh, NBA analyst Rob Parker said the Nets should do everything they can to keep Durant.
“Okay, they’re fired, it’s all done. TJ, I don’t know if people are debating OMG. Like, ‘You can’t let him run the team’, what are you talking about? You know what “It’s the NBA about TJ. It’s a league of players. A general manager, a coach, whoever it is, it’s about the players,” Parker said.
Many thought Durant wanted Steve Nash to coach the Nets. However, in his stint with the team, the two-time MVP was unable to lead them to success.
A trade for KD has been difficult due to the demands the Nets have on him. The Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors should be in the race. However, it is still unclear where he will end up playing next season.
The Nets have a stellar roster if Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving decide to stay with them. But for that to happen, the owners will have to side with KD or the management and coach.
Owner Joe Tsai responds to Kevin Durant’s requests to stay with the team
Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the league. Keeping him would undoubtedly benefit the team. But they will have to make sacrifices with the front office and the management staff for that to happen. Durant’s future with the Nets hinges on what the team decides to do about Sean Marks and Steve Nash.
The former MVP wants both gone, but owner Joe Tsai tweeted their support for both of them:
“Our front office and our coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interests of the Brooklyn Nets.”
Tsai’s tweet makes it clear he has no plans to part ways with Sean Marks and Steve Nash.
Durant still has four years left on his contract with the team. This contract means the Nets control his future. The Nets would like a monumental deal in exchange for him. So far, no team has been able to come up with that for Durant. If they don’t get what they want, the Nets could keep Durant.