09. August 2022
Kevin Durant gives the ultimatum to Steve Nash and Sean Marks.
After it was revealed that Kevin Durant had given the Brooklyn Nets an ultimatum to either trade for James Harden or else he would leave the team, Durant has now given another ultimatum to GM Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.
According to sources, Kevin has told Nash and Marks that if they don’t trade for Harden by the end of the week, he will request a trade out of Brooklyn.
In that meeting, he reportedly gave Tsai and general manager Sean Marks an ultimatum: either trade for James Harden, or he would leave in free agency. The Nets have been reluctant to part with any of their young core players in a potential deal for Harden, but with Durant’s ultimatum hanging over their heads, they may have no choice.
It remains to be seen what will come of this situation, but one thing is clear: Kevin Durant is not happy with the direction of the Brooklyn Nets.
Durant’s decision will come down to whether he believes in the Nets’ long-term plan, which currently includes Nash and Marks. The player has made it clear that he wants to be the franchise cornerstone, but it’s unknown if he trusts Nash and Marks to build a championship-caliber team around him.
If Keviin does not believe in the Nets’ direction, then he will likely sign elsewhere in free agency. The Nets will have a hard time convincing him to stay if they cannot prove that they are committed to winning a championship.
“Durant has long been one of the most patient superstars in the league, willing to give a new front office and coaching staff time to implement their vision. But sources said Durant believes he has waited long enough for the Nets to show significant improvement.”
The report goes on to state that Nash and Marks have “no intention” of trading Durant, who they see as a “foundational piece” of the organization.
Durant signed a four-year, $164 million contract with the Nets in 2019 and has been hampered by injuries over the past two seasons. He averaged 27.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in his first season with the team, but played in just 19 games last year due to an Achilles injury.
If the basketball player does indeed give the ultimatum to Nash and Marks, it will be interesting to see how the Nets respond. The organization has made it clear that they view Durant as a key piece of their future, but if he is unhappy with the direction of the franchise, they may have to make a tough decision.
This is a developing story and more details will be released as they become available. Stay tuned for updates.