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Kevin Durant reported ultimatum: Choose me or coach/GM

Field Level Media
09 Aug 2022, 05:40 GMT+10

Megastar Kevin Durant issued an ultimatum to the Brooklyn Nets - choose between me or coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks, The Athletic reported Monday.

It was well-documented that Durant requested a trade at the end of June. The reasons were unknown until now - Durant doesn't believe in the direction of the club in the hands of Marks and Nash, per the report.

Durant and Nets owner Joe Tsai spoke Saturday in London, a conversation that was "transparent and professional," per The Athletic.

Saturday was the one-year anniversary of Durant signing a four-year, $198 million extension with the Nets. He is slated to make $42.97 million for the 2022-23 season, per Spotrac, to kick off that extension.

The Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are widely reported to be the most serious players in the Durant sweepstakes.

A two-time NBA Finals MVP and four-time scoring champion, Durant joined Brooklyn as a free agent in 2019 alongside Kyrie Irving. Durant averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 55 games this past season with the Nets, who traded fellow All-Star James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers in a blockbuster deal involving Ben Simmons.

Irving, a seven-time All-Star, picked up his $36.5 million option, though the Nets are said to be willing to listen to trade offers.

Durant, the 2013-14 league MVP, has career averages of 27.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 939 games with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder (2007-16), Warriors (2016-19) and Nets.

The Nets were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the 2022 playoffs.

--Field Level Media

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