Kevin Durant may not show up in the Brooklyn Nets’ training camp, after giving owner Joe Tsai a trade ultimatum.
The superstar forward has four more years left on his current contract and has to appear in the team’s camp in September, if there is no deal in place for his trade.
“A source, however, pushed back on the idea that Durant will show up to training camp in September if his request goes unfulfilled,” Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News says.
On Monday, Kevin Durant met with Tsai and gave him an ultimatum that he should either trade him or fire head coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.
For his part, Tsai addressed Kevin Durant’s ultimatum, showing his support to Steve Nash and Sean Marks.
Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022
It is unlikely for the Nets’ owner to keep Durant in the team and part ways with Steve Nash and Sean Marks, therefore we should expect interested teams to re-engage in talks with Brooklyn.
Tsai has no willingness to lower the trade price for Kevin Durant, so it is likely no deal will be made by late September. In that case, Durant may seek to sit out the training camp and start of the season and keep pushing for a trade.