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Kevin Durant issues ultimatum: Choose him or Nets coach Nash, GM Marks

Kevin Durant issues ultimatum: Choose him or Nets coach Nash, GM Marks

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) holds his left leg as head coach Steve Nash assists him from the court during the first half of a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena

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Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant - who has four years left on his contract - issues an ultimatum on his league-shaking trade request

Megastar Kevin Durant issued an ultimatum to the Brooklyn Nets – choose between him or coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks, The Athletic reported Monday, August 8 (Tuesday, August 9, Manila time).

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 2022-2023 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 2013-2014 league MVP, has career averages of 27.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 939 games with the Seattle SuperSonics (later Oklahoma City Thunder) from 2007 to 2016, the Golden State Warriors from 2016 to 2019), and the Nets.

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

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