To stay in Brooklyn, the 33-year-old star would demand the departure of coach Steve Nash and that of general manager Sean Marks.
A very clear ultimatum. “It will be them or me”. This is, in essence, the message sent by Kevin Durant to Joe Tsai, the owner of the Nets, with whom he has been playing since 2019. The two men would have seen each other on Saturday, during the NBA star’s visit to London , who notably attended the concert of Travis Scott with his ex-teammate James Harden (now in Philadelphia).
During this meeting, KD would have claimed the head of coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks in order to stay in Brooklyn. The 33-year-old star, who requested his trade on June 30, would have made it the sine qua non for extending his adventure in southern New York.
Boston, Miami and Toronto cited to host it
It remains to be seen whether the 2014 MVP, double NBA champion with Golden State (2017, 2018), will be heard by the Nets boss. Nash has taken charge of the team since 2020, while Marks has been in charge since 2016. After surpassing 25,000 points scored in the regular season last March, Durant and Brooklyn were eliminated in the first round of the conference playoffs. East by Boston (4-0).
The Celtics are also part of the franchises cited among those likely to welcome the former Thunder crack, in the event of departure, as are the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors.
Source: Alexandre Jaquin and The Athletic