Nets Prefer to Keep Kevin Durant Because of Underwhelming Trade Offers

By: The Trend Wire

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According to reports, the Brooklyn Nets would rather keep Kevin Durant than accept the trade offers they have received.

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The status of the Durant trade negotiations was covered by ESPN's Brian Windhorst on Get Up on Friday

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"Here is what is known about Kevin Durant: nothing. Nothing is moving in this area. The Summer League's executives are leaving. The business leaders are taking a holiday. 

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The Nets' ideal scenario right now is for Kevin Durant to remain with them. They don't have any trades that they enjoy.

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"What does Durant feel is a crucial question that the NBA is in some ways anticipating. He is the one who requested the exchange. Has his attitude altered as some of the trade opportunities have become less viable?"

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Rich Kleiman, Durant's business manager, said last month (via ESPN's Tim Bontemps) that the superstar had asked for a trade

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 The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are at the top of Durant's list of ideal cities, according to Wojnarowski.

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Durant joined the Nets in 2019, but has only appeared in two seasons due to his absence from the team's inaugural campaign due to an Achilles tear.

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KD re-signed with the Nets on a new four-year, $194.22 million contract after the team lost in the second round of the 2021 playoffs.

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The 33-year-old is only one year into that contract and appears to want out, but the Nets are not required to trade him.

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With 12 All-Star selections, four scoring titles, two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, and one NBA MVP award to his name,

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the Nets probably anticipated receiving a sizable package of draught picks and players in exchange for the future Hall of Famer. However, it appears that those offers haven't come in.

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According to one school of thinking, the Utah Jazz may have upset the market by dealing All-Star centre Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for four first-round picks and a number of players.

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For a player of Durant's quality, the Nets would surely demand more, but teams might be reluctant to offer that kind of payment.

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Over the previous two seasons, Durant has missed 64 games out of 154 total, but he is still a star player.

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Season prior, the 6'10 "The forward shot 51.8 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three-point range for a game average of 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.1 three-pointers made.

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Ben Simmons was the centrepiece of the package the Nets sent to the 76ers for James Harden last season

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but general manager Sean Marks and company never got to witness Simmons play alongside Durant and Kyrie Irving since he missed the entire season due to an injury.

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The three of them didn't appear to be going to play together, but if the Nets favour keeping Durant and if Irving truly wants to remain in Brooklyn after choosing to enter the final year of his contract, things may be changing.

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With a core of Durant, Irving, and Simmons, the Nets would undoubtedly be contenders in the Eastern Conference next season

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 but whether that happens may depend on how much better the offers for KD become in the coming weeks and months.