And things are heating once again between owner and player.
Just when it started to seem like the dust was settling on all the Nets' drama surrounding All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, a new report on Monday described Durant's latest meeting with owner Joe Tsai.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Durant and Tsai met over the weekend and the former MVP "reiterated his trade request and informed Tsai that Tsai needs to choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash."
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Charania also detailed Durant's reasoning for this ultimatum, stating that he "does not have faith in the team's direction."
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A few hours later, Tsai made himself very clear, taking to Twitter to pledge his allegiance to the Nets' front office and coaching staff.
Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022
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It was just two seasons ago when the Nets' front office had completely tailored everything to Durant and Irving's desires, parting ways with Kenny Atkinson to hire Steve Nash before trading a future All-Star in Jarrett Allen and significant draft compensation in a blockbuster deal to acquire James Harden.
Injuries prevented Durant, Irving and Harden from truly reaching their full potential together in their first year, and Irving's vaccination status derailed their potential for this past season before it even started. Even despite Irving playing in a part-time role, the Nets were still title favorites to start the season.
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As the drama continued to unfold, the Nets eventually moved off of Harden in another blockbuster trade to acquire Ben Simmons, who never suited up for Brooklyn in 2021-22. The Nets were swept out of the playoffs by the Celtics in the first round, which has led to a nightmare of an offseason.
While Tsai has sided with the front office and coaching staff, it doesn't appear the Nets are getting any closer to a deal for Durant.
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Charania reported, "almost every NBA team has made an inquiry but no team has been able to meet Brooklyn's 'sky-high threshold' for the return the franchise wants for Durant."
He also added that "the Celtics, Raptors and Heat remain as the 'most significant candidates to acquire Durant.'"
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