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Getty Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant #7 look on during the first quarter of Round 1 Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs

The NBA offseason has kind of been hijacked by the uncertainty surrounding the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. The contract negotiations between Irving and the Nets were the first shoe to drop this season.

Brooklyn was reported to be ‘unwilling‘ to sign Irving to a long-term extension after the star point guard missed games with his stance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. After flirting with the idea of joining the Los Angeles Lakers on a $6 million mid-level exception, the Nets point guard elected to return to Brooklyn for the last year remaining on his contract. Shortly after Irving opted into remaining in Brooklyn, Kevin Durant requested to be dealt in a call to Nets owner Joe Tsai. 

The Nets were contacted by multiple teams pursuing a deal for Durant, but over a month later, Brooklyn has not had any real traction in trade discussions. Reports came out this week that the Nets were expecting to meet with Durant in a sit-down between the 12-time All-Star and team owner Joe Tsai. 

“What I’m hearing is that KD is going to meet with the owner this week,” the source told Heavy Sports. “He’s going to go directly to the owner, Joe Tsai, sometime this week. We’ll see how that works.”

While the results of the upcoming meeting remain up for debate, there is growing optimism that Durant will return to Brooklyn next season. Durant isn’t the only one that there has been good news for regarding a return to Brooklyn. There seems to be growing optimism that Kyrie Irving is ‘feeling comfortable with the Nets organization. 

Possible Nets Return for Kyrie Irving

Ian Begley from SNY recently commented on the growing potential that Irving may return to Brooklyn. 

“A source close to Irving said this week that the seven-time All-Star is in a good place with the Nets and comfortable entering the 2022-23 season,” Begley wrote. 

Put on a show for the squad to enjoy ????

— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 5, 2022

Soon after Begley reported the news, Irving was featured throughout the day on the Nets official social media accounts as the star hosted his “More Than A Run” All-Star Game. The posts and support from the Nets accounts helped validate the earlier Begley reports. Support for Irving didn’t stop there and went beyond social media posts. Kessler Edwards, Royce O’Neale, David Duke Jr., Alondes Williams, and RaiQuan Gray were all in attendance at Kean University in New Jersey for the All-Star game. 

Begley on Possibility of a Durant and Irving Return

Kyrie Irving wasn’t the only Nets player that was included as a candidate to return to the Nets. He also added reporting on the Kevin Durant situation with the Brooklyn Nets. 

“There is “a lot of pessimism” on a Kevin Durant deal getting done in the near future,” SNY tweeted with a video of Begley. 

Begley sorted the difficulty in the trade negotiations being around teams not wanting to help the Nets out in the trade. He did offer if the club was able to bring in Durant and Irving, they would have a strong roster next season. 

“If the Nets bring back Irving and Durant, they’ll have one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference on paper. Irving, Durant, Ben SimmonsPatty MillsJoe HarrisSeth Curry and Nic Claxton and the Nets’ other returning players/additions make a strong roster,” Begley wrote.

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Kevin Durant Offers Joe Tsai Strong Ultimatum Amid Trade Demand

Getty Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets.

Kevin Durant left the NBA shell-shocked when he made his trade request to the Brooklyn Nets on June 30. After he signed a 4-year $198 million extension to remain with the Nets in 2021 most perceived him to be satisfied with the future of the Nets despite an early playoff exit.

Despite the Nets star requesting a trade out of Brooklyn, he is still on the roster with training camp drawing nearer. And as trade talks have seemingly hit a standstill Durant met with Nets owner Joe Tsai to offer a strong ultimatum regarding his future with the franchise — either general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash goes, or he wants a trade per Shams Charania of “The Athletic”.

“In a face-to-face meeting with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai over the weekend, All-NBA star Kevin Durant reiterated his trade request and informed Tsai that he needs to choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash, sources tell The Athletic. Durant stated he does not have faith in the team’s direction, sources said,” Charania writes.

“Durant and Tsai spoke in London on Saturday and sources described the discussion as transparent and professional. The meeting took place a year to the day that Durant agreed to a four-year, $198 million contract extension with the Nets and barely over a month after his initial trade request on June 30. He is now entering the first season of that extension.”

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Steve Nash, Sean Marks Considered Packaged Deal

After a disappointing second-round exit in 2021, many thought the Nets would come into last season on a warpath to win the title. But unfortunately, their season ended in a first-round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics.

After two seasons and two early exits, Nash is under a microscope in Brooklyn. But the Nets face a grim ultimatum when it comes to his future. Brandon “Scoop B’ Robinson of Bally Sports, says the Nets parting ways with their current head coach would also mean losing their general manager Sean Marks, who has been the catalyst of their rise back to the top.

“I think that in this situation, Steve Nash and Sean Marks are packaged deals, and so you can’t have one way or the other,” Robinson said on Sirius XM Radio with Rick Kamla and Antonio Daniels.

Nets Believe They Have Team That Can Contend

A tumultuous season where James Harden was moved to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline and the fact that Kyrie Irving was not offered an extension heading into the final year of his deal caused Durant to have a change of heart about his future. But amid all of the turmoil the team has gone through the Nets have made key free agency pickups in TJ Warren and Royce O’Neal and believe that right now they are ready to compete for a title.

“This summer, the Nets believe they have improved the roster and have a championship-ready team. The Nets traded for Royce O’Neale, signed T.J. Warren, and brought back Patty Mills and Nic Claxton while awaiting the full returns of three-time All-Star Ben Simmons and Joe Harris,” Charania added.

“Brooklyn’s front office, led by Marks, has set a high price on the Durant market while constructing a team that gives the organization confidence in its ability to contend should the team bring the roster, as is, into training camp.

The Nets are incredibly high on Simmons’ return to play following his recovery from back surgery in May, viewing him as a perfect complement around Durant and Irving.”

The Nets and Durant are still at odds over his trade request. It will be interesting to see who they choose to keep.

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