Since making his trade request official, Kevin Durant has completely hijacked the 2022 offseason. Although free agency opened a few days ago, many teams and players find themselves playing a game waiting to see where Durant will land before all is said and done.
Unfortunately for the NBA community, there’s actually a decent chance Durant isn’t going anywhere — at least, for a while.
According to league insider Bobby Marks, Durant could still be on the team’s roster in training camp.
KD still has several years left on his contract, so it’s not like he carries much weight in this situation. If the Nets don’t want to trade him or find a return they really like, they could just keep him like the Lakers did with Kobe Bryant in 2007.
Otherwise, they still have no incentive to rush this process. As the summer progresses, new opportunities may open up in Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, some fans began pointing fingers at Kevin Durant himself for how quickly things turned sour with the Nets.
“One thing people forget with this KD drama,” said one fan. “The Nets paid a full season of recovery from his Achilles injury. For him to request a trade after a season and a half… Not only did he sign a maximum contract, but he also signed the Nets to an old a** Deandre Jordan with Kyrie and then forced them to dump their assets for James Harden who was on the verge of becoming the FA The Nets did absolutely everything he asked.
The Nets tried to take care of Durant, and it only ended in disappointment and heartbreak. Hopefully Brooklyn is able to make the most of this whole ordeal and rack up some assets in exchange for a pair of disgruntled stars.
Still, no matter where KD ends up, it could take a while for things to progress. Sean Marks intends to get it right and will wait as long as it takes to do what’s best for his team.