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Durant’s ultimatum to the Nets

Kevin Durant and Joe Tsai, owner of the Brooklyn Nets, met last Saturday in London with a single point of the day: discuss the departure or permane


Kevin Durant and Joe Tsai, owner of the Brooklyn Nets, met last Saturday in London with a single point of the day: discuss the departure or permanence of the forward (33 years and 2.08 meters) of the New York franchise. According to Shams Charania (The Athletic), the discussion was professional, clear and transparent and left an open door for Durant to stay in the Big Apple… but with conditions.

Although he reiterated his desire to be traded, KD hinted that there would be a possibility of staying as long as Tsai part ways with Sean Marks, general manager, and Steve Nash, coach. I mean, them or me because he has no faith in the direction of the franchise.

Durant requested to leave the team on June 30, a few hours before the opening of free agency, and at the gates of activating a contract extension of 194 million dollars in four seasons. The Washington player will earn 44 million next year and 47 and 51 the next two. In the last one, in 2025-26, he will pocket 54.

Candidates

As soon as the star’s intentions were known, the Nets jumped into the market in search of the best possible deal. One where they could make a huge profit. An intention that no franchise has been able to satisfy to date. Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat continue as the main candidates to win the services of the 2014 MVP.

Durant, 33 years old, with a 15-season career and an Achilles injury that has been overcome (and which left him blank during the 2019-20 season), continues to be one of the great offensive weapons in world basketball. Last season, in just 55 games (he has played 90 in three courses at Brooklyn), he averaged 29.9 points (38.8% from three pointers), 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists (the maximum in the his career).