Kevin Durant May Be Training Camp No-Show If Nets Don’t Find Trade

The drama surrounding Kevin Durant and the Nets may not end anytime soon, and it could even last into training camp.Kevin Durant

In fact, if Durant isn’t traded, he may not report to camp with the Nets, per Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.

Durant and Nets owner Joe Tsai held a meeting in which Durant reiterated his trade request and gave an ultimatum — either release GM Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash, or trade me, Durant said, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Tsai later sent out a tweet saying that Marks and Nash have his support and that he intends to “make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

The Nets have been actively seeking a trade since Durant first put in his request back at the start of free agency, but opposing teams seem to be waiting for them to lower their asking price. The Celtics, Heat and Raptors are viewed as “significant candidates” to land Durant, Charania reported.

Prior to the meeting between Durant and Tsai, the Nets reportedly have spoken to nearly every NBA team about a trade. It remains to be seen if Marks will approach things differently in light of the recent news.

But if Durant isn’t moved, he may not report to Brooklyn when camp opens in late September.

“And as much as the Nets would like to keep Durant on the roster as he walks into the first year of a four-year, $198 million max contract extension, they run the risk of taking this charade into training camp, where it is not a certainty the superstar forward will show up,” Winfield wrote.

Also, as we relayed earlier, Kyrie Irving is also reportedly unhappy with Nets leadership. It is not believed, however, that Irving is seeking a trade after opting into his contract back in early July.


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