Kevin Durant has once again told Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai he wants a trade, repeating a request he first made about six weeks ago.
Durant also told Tsai that he has concerns about the Nets’ direction under coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.
The Athletic was the first to report details of the latest Durant-Tsai meeting.
“Our front office and coaching staff have my support,” Tsai tweeted Monday night. “We make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”
This is the latest stage in the story, which began on June 30 when Durant told the Nets he wanted a trade just as this summer’s free agency period had just begun. Durant is not a free agent. With his 4-year Nets contract and $198 million left on him, the Nets are undoubtedly going to win 12 All-Star appearances, 4-time leading scorers, and 3-time Olympic gold medals. They will demand a lot of players and get picks in any trade deal. Medalist and two-time NBA champion.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver never liked making trade requests public.
“This has to be a two-way street,” Silver said last month. Closed-door conversations between a player, his agent, and the team, but I don’t like watching players ask for trades.
Durant spent three seasons in Brooklyn, but didn’t play the first year after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. After leading the United States to gold at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, he averaged 29.9 points in 55 games last season.