NBA analyst weighs in on Kevin Durant-Brooklyn Nets situation
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Fox Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe said he feels the Brooklyn Nets will try to keep Kevin Durant instead of trading him because they are not going to give Durant away for nothing. On June 30, Durant requested a trade from the Nets.
More than a month has passed and there really hasn't been a bidding war for Durant's services. Since the Nets aren't receiving offers they were hoping they would, Sharpe feels they will invite Durant for a conversation and instead try to fix what the issues may be.
"The trade market has turned cold, the Nets are not going to give KD away. There has not been the bidding war like the Nets expected," Sharpe said on Undisputed.
.@ShannonSharpe on KD meeting with the Nets ownership on the possibility of staying in Brooklyn:
"The trade market has turned cold, the Nets are not going to give KD away.
There has not been the bidding war like the Nets expected" pic.twitter.com/NaT8MKm8Iw — UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 4, 2022
Will Durant change his mind and return to the Nets?
This offseason, Kyrie Irving opted into the final year of his contract with the Nets.
Also, Ben Simmons is making a good progress from a back surgery and he should be ready in time for the next season. With Durant, Irving and Simmons, the Nets still have one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Brian Windhorst, who works for ESPN as an NBA insider, explained why Durant returning to the Nets might be a good move.
"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”. Per some reports, Durant is meeting Nets owner Joe Tsai this week.