Brooklyn Nets Boss Qiao Caihe Kevin Durant A meeting will reportedly be held this week to discuss the superstar’s place on the team.
Durant asked to start trading in NBA free agency on June 30. This comes shortly after Kyrie Irving exercised his player option for the 2022-23 NBA season. Can Durant and Tsai Ing-wen agree to let the 33-year-old walk away from his trade request?
Shannon Sharpe said on Undisputed that he believes Tsai Ing-wen is meeting with Durant because the Nets didn’t receive the trade offer they wanted and now think keeping him is their best option.
“It looks like Jon Tsai is trying to find peace,” Sharp said. “I think what happened is that the trade market has cooled a little bit. Deandre Ayton re-signs, goes to Phoenix, which basically means Kevin Durant. Going to Phoenix is basically out. Jaylen Brown proposes, no counter-offer. The Nets didn’t anticipate this bidding war given Rudy Gobert’s target.
“…so I think Cai Chongxin wanted to sit down with KD: ‘KD, bro, we want you, how do we make it right? How do we make it better? What do we need to do as an organization to Make sure Kevin Durant is happy and we can give you what you need to win a championship?'”
Brooklyn is about to have an eventful season.
The first is that Irving will not be allowed to play in home games with the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine in New York City. Irving ended up appearing in 33 games between the regular season and the playoffs, after the Nets finally welcomed him back for a road game and the City task was lifted.
Brooklyn traded James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA trade deadline — just a year after he acquired him from the Houston Rockets — for the headliner of Ben Simmons, who missed last season with an injury And mention mental health issues. The Nets were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 7 seed.
This offseason, the Nets acquired wing Royce O’Neal from the Utah Jazz for a 2023 first-round pick, re-signing big man Nick Clarkston and guard Parsons to a two-year deal. Ty Mills, and signed forward TJ Warren. – Year deal.
Skip Bayless believes Durant and Tsai Ing-wen will come to an agreement at their meeting.
“I think he’s going to be told and sell the fact that Kyrie is still there and you need to mend the relationship with Kyrie because once Ben Simmons is healthy next year is going to be different and it’s mentally and physically healthier and more Happy,” Bayless said.
Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists last season while shooting 51.8%/38.3%/91.0% from the field. He missed his debut season with the Nets (2019-20) due to a torn Achilles tendon, appearing in 35 of a possible 72 games the following year and 55 last year.
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