Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash revealed he didn’t think the reports of Kevin Durant’s ultimatum to team owner Joe Tsai were 100 percent accurate.
“A lot of things that are reported are not 100 percent accurate, so you get fragmented bits of truth, you get things that are flat-out not true,” Nash said.
After Durant requested a trade, The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania reported on Aug. 8 that the veteran gave Tsai a clear ultimatum to either pick him or Nash and general manager Sean Marks.
“I never thought that was 100 percent. It’s not black and white like that. There’s a lot of factors, a lot of things behind the scenes,” Nash said, per James Herbert of CBS Sports.
Durant went on to rescind his trade request in late August, and he appears to be fully focused on bringing Brooklyn a title in 2022-23.
The Nets finished seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 record last season and were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Teams expressed interest and made offers for Durant this summer, though none of those offers were seen as desirable for the Nets.