Kevin Durant is reportedly set to meet with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai this week, with his future in Brooklyn still up in the air.
Durant requested a trade away from Brooklyn on June 30, despite still having four years remaining on his contract, with little movement since on a potential deal for the 12-time All-Star.
“What I’m hearing is that KD is going to meet with the owner this week,” a league executive told Steve Bulpett of Heavy Sports.
He’s going to go directly to the owner, Tsai, sometime this week. We’ll see how that works.
The Nets have engaged in trade talks, with the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat reportedly in the mix to make an offer for Durant, however, so far the Nets haven’t been moved by any of the packages presented.
Recently, reports of a potential deal with the Celtics have gained momentum, with Boston reportedly offering a package of Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-round pick, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Per Charania, the Nets reportedly countered with any deal involving the Celtics to include Brown, Marcus Smart, draft picks and one more rotation player.
Durant, who is owed $190 million over the next four years, will turn 34 ahead of next season and is coming off a tough run of injuries, however, he remains as one of the best players in the league, validating Brooklyn’s hefty asking price.
“Brooklyn wants a lot,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently said on Sportscenter.
They don’t just want a star young player. They want all of your picks. They want more. They want a trade package that would be up there with the very deepest in terms of assets that we have seen in this modern era.
“That right now is why there is not a deal because teams are not bidding against themselves right now. Teams are not so far willing to just gut their rosters for Kevin Durant because obviously as much as they might want Durant, they want to believe they could still win a championship and it would have enough left after doing a trade to acquire him.”
As it stands, the Nets will be bringing back the bulk of their roster for next season, with Ben Simmons expected to return to the court after a long layoff, while Kyrie Irving opted into his $37 million player option for 2022-23.
With training camp set to open around September 26, the Nets risk having the trade saga stretch into the preseason if a resolution isn’t worked out in the coming weeks.
In 2019, Durant signed a four-year, $164 million deal with the Nets. He then signed a four-year, $198 million extension ahead of the 2021-22 season that doesn’t include a team or player option.
That means Durant is under contract through the 2025-26 season.
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