Kevin Durant (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
NBA team owners have reportedly praised Brooklyn Nets president Tsai Chongxin for not giving in to Kevin Durant’s trade request.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday at
First Take provided information about his role in the roster since the Nets announced Tuesday that they had reached a deal with Durant to keep him on the roster (1 minute 10 seconds of the video):
“I’ve never seen a boss so frantic. I mean, They’re sick of it. What happened in Brooklyn alone is enough to set NBA players back decades. That’s what this bullshit hurts. It’s done.
” So let them get away with it this time, it can’t happen. It can’t happen because if it did, it would forever change the process of empowerment. Empowered people have no problem. Rights are their problem.
” That is confusion, this is Cai Chongxin taking this position The reason. Because every boss I know, uninvited, pays homage to him. They mean it.”
Over the past few decades, player empowerment in the NBA has made significant strides, as those seeking to change the environment can often ask for trades and move to other place.
Durant’s situation is different because he’s just starting a four-year, $194.2 million, run-through 2025 -26 season contract.
If he can force his way out of Brooklyn with little to no influence, it would put future teams in a similar Dilemma.
In addition, the Nets are working to find an offer that represents the fair market value of the former MVP and 12-time All-Time Player. Star.
The Minnesota Timberwolves waived a monster pack that included five players and five draft picks, Including four first-round picks and a pick swap to acquire Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz earlier in the offseason.
KD’s proposal needs to exceed that price point, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier Wednesday, even though the 33-year-old four-year-old The scoring champion spent nearly two months in the trade block, but that never happened.
Durant’s camp tries to create influence in the process, including Shams Charania from The Athletic A report in 2019 suggested that if the organization fired him it would leave general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash behind, but Tsai stood firm every step of the way:
Our front desk and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interests of the Brooklyn Nets.
Now the Nets will try to put the drama of the past 12 months behind them and try to become a top contender in the Eastern Conference.
The talent is there, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons are leading the rest of the roster cornerstones, but whether Achieving team cohesion is likely to remain a mystery less than two months away from the 2022-23 campaign.