ESPN's NBA insider Brian Windhorst is reporting that Kevin Durant holding out of training camp if he is not traded is a real possibility. On June 30, Durant requested a trade from the Nets. A month and a half has passed and the Nets haven't even come close to trading Durant.
“A week ago, if you had asked me, ‘will Kevin Durant hold out of training camp if he’s not traded?’ I would have been like, ‘I can’t see it.’ Now I can see it. That is what we’re headed towards,” Windhorst said, per ClutchPoints.
A week ago, Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai in London. During the meeting, Durant told Tsai to trade him or fire head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. Giving his thoughts on Durant's demand, Windhorst said it only decreased his trade value.
“Doing it now is a maneuver, a maneuver that I don’t think worked because as I talk to teams out there, they don’t think this increased his trade demand. They think this hurt his trade value,” Windhorst said on NBA Today.
Durant seemingly not getting his demand granted
Shortly after Durant's demand was made public, Tsai tweeted a message of support to Nash and Marks. "Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets," Tsai tweeted.
Addressing Tsai's tweet, Windhorst thought the Nets owner wanted to say that they are trading Durant only for the right offer - and if one doesn't come - they will keep him and he will have to show up to training camp. “I want to point to the second half of the Joe Tsai tweet.
I think it’s obviously important to look at the first sentence which is that he’s not going to fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash. But the second sentence is really the sentence that the league paid attention to it.
And it seems benign when he says ‘We make decisions for the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.’ But I’m going to decode that for you. What he’s basically saying is despite what Kevin Durant is trying do here, we’re not going to change what our expectations are for a trade and if you are not traded, we expect you to be reporting to camp to continue the four years you have left on your contract”.