Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant rescinded his trade request a week ago, but multiple sources suggest the two-time Finals MVP will still be on the move before the February 2023 deadline.
Hundreds of NBA fans on social media have been calling this out for weeks. For die-hard Nets fans, this news should come as no surprise.
When it comes down to brass tacks, Durant will likely play for a different team before the halfway point of the 2022-23 season. FS1 analyst Rick Butcher seems to think so.
Why NBA executives believe a Kevin Durant trade is still possible https://t.co/M8lrzbjgPH
— Rick Bucher (@RicBucher) August 30, 2022
An anonymous Eastern Conference GM told Fox Sports: “If it’s not good, I think he’ll still be moved at the trade deadline.
“That could be part of the deal, a soft agreement that if it doesn’t work out they’ll move him,” the unnamed source continued.
Another unidentified Eastern Conference executive said, “Win or lose, I think it’s temporary.” Those two [Durant and Irving] It starts screaming and then you want to get out.
A Kevin Durant trade is still possible before the February 2023 deadline.
Team managers hesitated to trade with the Nets because of GM Sean Mark’s high interest. “When I call them now, I don’t want to offer them the best offer,” says Mark.
“I want them to call us. The second time, if KD says, ‘Get the f—k out of here,’ that’s when they call. That’s when I want to be the governor.”
However, not every team is interested in Kevin Durant. It has more to do with his attitude and ego. Earlier this month, the four-time defending champion asked the front office to fire Marks and head coach Steve Nash. So, the report makes Durant look like the bad guy.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 23, 2022
A billionaire sports owner can’t stand being in trouble.
Indeed, another unnamed source told Fox Sports: “I would take it in a heartbeat, because it gives you an opportunity. [to compete at a high level]. But as a person? It is a big risk. “
Also, let it be known now that Kevin Durant may be out of the net in a few months. A desperate team would end up throwing Marx away with multiple first-round draft picks and at least one superstar. The question is not when.
Plus, it’s clear the Nets need Durant more than Durant needs the Nets. Then again, maybe the wounds will heal. But if there is still discord in the organization, it adds weight to this story.
Since the 14-year veteran rescinded his trade request, the team has moved to +750 odds to win the 2023 NBA championship, according to BetOnline oddsmakers.
With Kevin Durant, the Nets have the fourth-best chance next season behind the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors.
The NBA trade deadline for the 2022-23 season is February 10, 2023.