The Kevin Durant saga continued this week when the two-time Finals MVP reportedly handed Nets owner Joe Tsai an ultimatum. The message was seemingly clear: Find Durant a new home or fire head coach Steve Nash and front office leader Sean Marks.
Which path the franchise will choose is up for debate. But what is clear as day is that finding a trade for the superstar hasn’t been an easy process. While there is no lack of interest in adding Durant’s services, only a few teams seemingly have the ability to meet the Nets’ hefty asking price – if that.
Brooklyn has continued to demand an arm, a leg, a foot, and a nose in any Durant trade. And Adam Himmelsbach’s latest report for the Boston Globe is a perfect example of just that.
According to the source, Brooklyn initially tried to pry both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown from Boston. That proposal went nowhere, of course. The source confirmed recent reports that Brooklyn later shifted its focus to a deal centered on Brown, Marcus Smart, and a massive haul of future first-round draft picks. But the Celtics were not interested.
Oh, so that’s why Kevin Durant hasn’t been traded yet.
On the one hand, why not ask for both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown if you’re the Nets? You have to start the conversations somewhere, and the worst that can happen is the front office says no. On the other hand, this could provide us with more insight into how extreme the organization has been in its discussions thus far … which … oof.
We have zero clue how long conversations have continued with the Celtics since they shut down that absolutely crazy request. Himmelsbach notes that, as of Durant’s conversation with ownership, a deal between the two parties has not been close. This makes me wonder how far talks have gone with other interested parties. Have the Nets just asked for a bonkers return package each time and refused to negotiate anything else?
To be fair, it’s entirely Brooklyn’s right to set a high bar. But it’s also entirely Boston’s right to chuck the phone out the window and laugh until their stomach hurts. I just fear that this Durant chaos might not reach an end anytime soon, and we already started to talk about the effect that could have on the rest of the league. I’ll drop that post below …