Brian Windhorst is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets are not really aggressive in seeking a trade partner for Kevin Durant. On June 30, Durant requested a trade from the Nets. The NBA free agency has began and nearly a month has passed since Durant's trade request, but the former NBA MVP is still a Net.
“From what I understand, trade talks involving Kevin Durant have slowed to a trickle,” Windhorst said on Get Up, per Nets Daily. “You can still get some Nets folks on the phone to make an offer but they are not aggressive in making outgoing calls.
The league is about to go on their first significant vacation in two years and people are scattering to Europe and the national parks and Kevin Durant is still a Net and that won’t change in the short term future”.
The Nets appear to be willing to accomodate Durant's trade request, but their asking price for the former NBA MVP is too high and teams are reluctant to pull the trigger. “Durant’s price is so high that nobody can afford to pay it,” Windhorst said on NBA Today.
“Right now, everybody waiting for the price to get lower. I’m not hearing anything changing as far as the demand phase of this process”.
The Nets still figuring out why Durant requested a trade
According to Windhorst, the Nets are still not 100 percent sure Durant requested a trade at the first place.
Also, Windhorst noted that nearly a month has passed since Durant's trade request and suggested that the former NBA MVP might have a change of heart and decide to stay in Brooklyn. "I can’t believe what I am about to say,” Windhorst began, laughing.
“The Brooklyn Nets have had a good off-season. In a vacuum, they have gotten healthier. They have added supporting pieces. There’s optimism Ben Simmons is going to be better. And I think looking at the menu of options, the Nets are kinda like, ‘Kyrie, Kevin, take a look here.’ What I will say is nobody knows what Kevin Durant is thinking right now.
His communication with teammates and others in the league has been sparse. I don’t even think that the Nets have a 100 percent understanding of why Kevin asked for a trade. He spoke to the owner in Joe Tsai, but I’m not sure that the Nets are 100 percent on the understanding of it.
I think really that the next step in this, barring a team’s change of heart to meet the Nets price, which I don’t see at this point in the calendar. I think we’re going to have to hear from Kevin Durant about how open he is to running it back with the Nets. So here we go, as everyone breaks for the summer, waiting for that to happen”.