Kevin Durant trade rumors: Nets superstar gives franchise Steve Nash-Sean Marks ultimatum

The Kevin Durant trade request saga continues.

Weeks after reports of Durant’s trade request surfaced, there appeared to be no movement toward a deal, prompting Durant to set up an in-person meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the meeting consisted of Durant repeating his request and giving the Nets an ultimatum: choose him or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash.

According to Charania’s account, Durant’s request stems from the 12-time All-Star’s lack of confidence in the franchise’s direction.

Here’s more from Charania on the dynamic between the franchise and Durant:

The networks have direct knowledge of the reasons behind Durant’s request, sources said, and understand the 12-time All-Star will remain resolute in his stance. Durant is believed to want a scene change ahead of his 16th season.

Based on Charania’s reporting, Durant plans to maintain his stance, which is very relevant given the timing of the report.

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Now that it’s been over a month since he made the request, NBA teams are just weeks away from convening training camps. Given the lack of progress on trade negotiations, that trade saga – and Durant’s ultimatum – could play a big part as the Nets prepare for training camp at the end of September.

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As currently built, Brooklyn has built a roster capable of competing in the east. This offseason, the Nets have added Royce O’Neale and TJ Warren and are anticipating the return of Joe Harris and Ben Simmons, who were sidelined through injury during the 2022 NBA playoffs.

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Durant, who turns 34 next season, may have faith in the roster, but he doesn’t seem to believe in the people tasked with running it.

Charania also reported that after Durant’s trade request, almost every NBA team made a request, but no team was able to meet Brooklyn’s “sky-high threshold for the rate of return that the franchise wants for Durant.”

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Should the Nets decide to stay with Marks and Nash, Charania reports that the Celtics, Raptors and Heat remain the “significant candidates to take over Durant.”

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