Kevin Durant will reportedly meet with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai this week, and his future in Brooklyn remains up in the air.
Durant asked to leave Brooklyn on June 30, despite having four years left on his contract, and little has been heard about a potential trade for the 12-time All-Star since then.
“What I heard is that KD is going to meet with the owners this week,” said league manager Steve Bulpett of Heavy Sports.
The Nets have held trade talks, with the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat all expressing willingness to bid for Durant, but so far, the Nets have not been offered a single offer. move.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, reports of a potential trade with the Celtics have been gaining traction recently, with Boston reportedly offering a deal that includes Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-rounder Pick packages.
According to Charania, the Nets have reportedly turned down every trade involving the Celtics for Brown, Marcus Smart, a draft pick and another rotation player.
Durant, who is owed $190 million over the next four years, will turn 34 by next season and has been recovering from a serious injury. However, he remains one of the best players in the league, confirming Brooklyn’s exorbitant price tag.
“That’s why there’s no trade at the moment because the team isn’t making an offer for themselves at the moment. The team isn’t ready to put together their roster for Kevin Durant because obviously, as much as they want Durant, They want to believe they can still win a championship and still have enough money to buy him after a trade.”
On paper, the Nets will bring back most of their roster next season, with Ben Simmons expected to return to the court after a lengthy hiatus and Kyrie Irving opting for a $37 million player option for 2022-23 Have.
With training camp set to open around Sept. 26, the Nets could continue the trade saga into the preseason if a resolution cannot be found in the coming weeks.
Kevin Durant contract details
In 2019, Durant signed a four-year, $164 million deal with the Nets. He then signed a four-year, $198 million extension that doesn’t include team or player options until the 2021-22 season.
That means Durant’s contract will run through the 2025-26 season.