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RealGM Radio: Jared Weiss and Jared Dubin On the Atlantic Division (Aug 2022)

Aug 11, 2022 3:36 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Jared Weiss of The Athletic (@JaredWeissNBA) and Jared Dubin of FiveThirtyEight (@JADubin5) in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

They discuss how the 76ers, Celtics, Nets, Raptors and Knicks fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Kevin Durant Received 25 Percent Of 22-23 Salary From Nets One Day After Trade Request

Aug 11, 2022 11:38 AM

Kevin Durant was owed and received an eight-figure check from the Brooklyn Nets on July 1st, one day after he formally requested a trade.

Durant's latest contract with the Nets includes the most aggressive early payment schedule allowed by league roles where he receives half of his $42,969,845 salary before the first week of training camp. In Durant's case, that means he was due a check of $10,742,461 on the day after informing Brooklyn that he wants to be dealt. Durant will receive the second payment of that amount on Oct. 1.

Most players don't say collecting their annual salaries until the season actually starts.

Durant signed a four-year, $194 million extension in August 2021.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets Initially Asked Celtics For Both Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum In Kevin Durant Trade

Aug 11, 2022 8:49 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have reportedly engaged in trade talks involving Kevin Durant. How far those talks have gone remains a subject of some debate.

In their initial trade conversation, the Nets reportedly asked the Celtics to trade both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in a deal for Durant. Boston was obviously not interested in trading both Brown and Tatum for Durant.

It doesn't sound like things got much further when Brooklyn asked for a package of Brown, Marcus Smart, other role players and draft picks. Boston reportedly made it clear they weren't willing to meet that sort of asking price for Durant.

A source says there has not been any real traction on a trade to this point.

Adam Himmeslbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Some Insiders Thought Kevin Durant Would Accept Nets' Decision Not To Trade Him

Aug 10, 2022 4:01 PM

With the Brooklyn Nets positioning themselves to try to bring back Kevin Durant next season, he raised the pressure on the franchise to trade him by requesting the dismissal of Steve Nash and Sean Marks.

Some around the league thought Durant was on the same path Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were on in 2007 when the team declined to fulfill his trade request.

"I think even a week ago there was a thought in the league that this could take the same path that the Kobe Bryant trade demand happened in 2007," said Brian Windhorst. "Kobe said 'I'm not going to play another game in a Laker uniform', they couldn't find a trade and they ended up making the Finals the following year. That was the path the Nets were on. Durant has basically said 'That's not going to fly.' At least for today. This situation obviously could change in a month. He's basically said 'I'm not going to go the Kobe path and I'm not just going to accept my situation and hope things eventually change. I still want out of here.'

"When you look at that way, it is the most important thing that's happened here. The status quo is not an option."

Durant has four seasons remaining on his contract with the Nets, which limits his leverage in forcing a trade unless he is prepared to sit out.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kevin Durant Views Celtics, 76ers As Desirable Destinations

Aug 10, 2022 1:40 PM

Kevin Durant has interest in a trade to the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell Ian Begley of Durant was previously focused on the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat, who each likely lack the assets necessary to trade for him.

The Celtics and Brooklyn Nets engaged last month on a trade centered around Durant for Jaylen Brown.

The Nets have sought the inclusion of Marcus Smart, who Durant would like to play with if he's traded to the Celtics.

Brown has been the best single player offered to the Nets in a trade for Durant.

The Sixers would have to include Tyrese Maxey in a trade for Durant along with some combination of Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and other assets. The Sixers already sent a number of assets to the Nets as part of the James Harden trade.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kevin Durant Not Consulted On Nets Firing Of Adam Harrington

Aug 10, 2022 1:33 AM

Kevin Durant's issues with the Brooklyn Nets run deeper than his demand that the team fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash, sources told Josh Kosman and Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

For example, Durant was not consulted when the team fired assistant coach and director of player development Adam Harrington this offseason.

“There are simple things that erode a relationship. You fired someone he was close to and didn’t have a conversation about it,” the source told the Post.

Durant may have also been disappointed that Joseph Tsai did not do more in lobbying for a relaxation of vaccine mandates so Kyrie Irving could play in home games. Irving was not able to play at home until March 24, with Tsai hiring a lobbyist on February 8.

Durant is "likely" to rejoin the team should no trade occur, according to the source.  


Josh Kosman, Brian Lewis/New York Post

Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Kevin Durant Didn't Previously Express Wish For Nets To Fire Steve Nash, Sean Marks

Aug 9, 2022 3:43 PM

Kevin Durant met with Joe Tsai recently in London and it was revealed he expressed a lack of faith in the direction of the Brooklyn Nets. Durant reportedly issued an ultimatum that he is not interested in continuing with the Nets if Steve Nash remains as head coach and Sean Marks continues running the front office.

"The timing of it is also unusual," said Brian Windhorst on Tuesday. "While star players have gotten coaches fired for decades and will get them fired for decades, he didn't express this, as far as I'm aware to the Nets at the end of the season. And he didn't express this to the Nets when he made his trade demand. So doing it now is a maneuver. A maneuver that I don't think worked. 

"Because as I talk to teams out there, they don't think his increased his trade value, they think this hurt his trade value."

Windhorst also noted that Tsai statement of support for Nash and Marks also includes a sentence the league paid strong attention to stating "We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kyrie Irving Shares Same Feeling As Kevin Durant On Steve Nash, Sean Marks

Aug 9, 2022 10:38 AM

Kyrie Irving reportedly agrees with Kevin Durant in not believing in the direction of the Brooklyn Nets due to the leadership of Sean Marks and Steve Nash.

“Kyrie Irving hates these guys,” the source told The Post’s Josh Kosman. “He feels that Nash is terrible and Marks is bad.”

Durant shared his feelings with Joe Tsai during a recent meeting in London.

Tsai responded by publicly backing Brooklyn's front office and coaching staff.

Irving picked up his one-year, $36.5 million player option on June 29 with Durant requesting a trade on the next day. 

Michael Blinn/New York Post

Tags: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Perception That Kevin Durant Pushed For Steve Nash Hire As Nets Coach 'Inaccurate'

Aug 9, 2022 1:25 AM

The perception that Kevin Durant pushed for Steve Nash to get hired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets is inaccurate, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

Begley adds that the decision to hire Nash was lead by Sean Marks.

Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai over the weekend to reiterate his trade request while communicating that Tsai much choose between him or the pairing of Nash and Marks.

Tsai publicly backed the Nets front office and coaching staff on Twitter. 


Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Joe Tsai Publicly Backs Brooklyn's Front Office, Coaching Staff

Aug 8, 2022 11:08 PM

Joe Tsai publicly voiced his support Monday night for the front office and coaching staff of the Brooklyn Nets after Kevin Durant told Tsai to choose between him and the team's general manager and coach.

Tsai and Durant recently met in London, which featured a reiteration of his trade request. Durant also suggested the Nets needed to choose between him and the combination of Steve Nash and Sean Marks.

Durant initially asked for a trade on June 30, and he hasn't backed off that request.

The Nets fired Kenny Atkinson during the first season after signing Kyrie Irving and Durant.


Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Raptors, Heat Considered Most Likely Trade Candidates For Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant Meets With Joe Tsai, Reiterates Lack Of Faith In Direction Of Nets

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'A Lot Of Pessimism' Over Kevin Durant Trade Getting Completed In Near Future

Ian Begley/SNY

Kyrie Irving Feels He And Nets Are 'In Pretty Good Place'

Ian Begley/SNY

Shaq: Kevin Durant Should Make It Work With Nets, But Easier To Ask For Trade

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Nets Have Not Given Up Kevin Durant Retracting Trade Request

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Heat 'Disinclined' To Include Bam Adebayo In Kevin Durant Trade

Barry Jackson & Anthony Chiang/Miami Herald

Rival Execs Skeptical Nets Have Any Intention Of Trading Kevin Durant

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Nets Believed To Have Talked Trades With Celtics In Mid-July

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Kevin Durant's Trade Request Stands Despite Nets Wanting To Keep Him

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Suns 'All But Eliminated' From Kevin Durant Trade

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Celtics Offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, First Round Pick for Kevin Durant

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Celtics Engage Nets In Trade Talks For Kevin Durant, Jaylen Brown Mentioned As Possible Centerpiece

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Nets Not High On Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole In Kevin Durant Trade

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Nets 'Wary Of Selling Low' On Ben Simmons

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Kevin Durant Trade Situation Likely Frozen Until His Position Becomes More Clear

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Warriors Haven't Made Serious Inquiries On Kevin Durant Trade

Jake Fischer/Bleacher Report

Kevin Durant Trade Request May Have Been About Getting Kyrie Irving Traded

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Nets Still Trying To Trade Kevin Durant

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Lakers-Nets Russell Westbrook For Kyrie Irving Trade Talks Haven't Progressed Recently

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