The Brooklyn Nets seemed willing to grant Kevin Durant’s trade request, but only on their terms. This caveat could lead to big changes in the way both sides approach things ahead of the upcoming season.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said Friday the Nets haven’t found a trade they like for Durant and at this point would prefer to just keep him, via RealGM. Windhorst even suggested some think Durant might back down on her request with the situation evolving the way she did.
“At this point, the Nets’ preferred situation is for Kevin Durant to stay with them. There is no trade they have that they like,” Windhorst said. “A huge question and what the league expects in some ways is how Durant feels? He was the one who requested the exchange. Have his feelings changed with some of the avenues for trades darkening?
Durant wants to be traded to a competitor, but Brooklyn has maintained an insanely high asking price in trade talks. This means that to acquire Durant, teams would essentially have to give up the core player types Durant would want to play as. If this is the only scenario in which he could be traded, it might be wise for him to reconsider his request.
An NBA legend thinks Durant will end up staying with the Nets after all. Momentum towards this outcome may be accelerating, but it is certainly too early to know for sure.