Aug 05, 2022
New Footage Hints at Kevin Durant Reconciliation With Nets
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So far, no team has made a substantial enough offer to make the Brooklyn Nets pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade for their franchise player Kevin Durant. But one source told Heavy’s Steve Bulpett KD and Joe Tsai are set to meet soon to hash out a plan.
“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.”
In a new video posted by “Overtime”, Durant was pictured out at an event in Los Angles with newly acquired Nets star Ben Simmons, further stirring the pot that despite his trade request Durant and the Nets could be heading toward a reconciliation.
KD, AD, and Ben Simmons out in LA ⭐️ (via ros5ihd/TT) pic.twitter.com/wnDKrTITYy
— Overtime (@overtime) August 5, 2022
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Join Heavy on Nets!Durant Has Exchange With Lakers Legend
The comparison of current and past NBA players has been an ongoing conversation. During an interview on the “Stoney & Jansen Show” on May 25, Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall of Famer, James Worthy, was asked to weigh in on the current state of the NBA, particularly the increased volume of three-pointers that teams are taking. It is safe to say that Worthy thinks the current NBA is a lackluster product.
“I mean, Kareem had four years with John Wooden, Michael Jordan and I had three years with Dean Smith, Isiah (Thomas) had some years with Bobby Knight. So, you learned the fundamentals,” Worthy said during an appearance on the “Stoney & Jansen Show”.
“Not only that, you learned how to live. You learned how to balance your freaking checkbook in college, there are a lot of things. When you don’t get that, guys are coming to the NBA who are not fundamentally sound. All they do is practice threes, lift weights, get tattoos, tweet, and go on social media. That’s it.”
Durant, an avid Twitter user, responded to the Laker Legend’s criticisms of today’s superstars.
“My middy is sharp, but James is right, this ain’t the old days lol,” Durant said via his Twitter account on May 26.Hall of Famer Has High Praise for Durant and Kyrie
Durant and Kyrie still have a lot left to prove whether or not they return to the Nets next season. They have yet to lead Brooklyn out of the second round, let alone the NBA Finals, to compete for a title.
But even with their lack of playoff success as a pair, NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady is already placing them in the ranks of championship-winning duos such as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
“I have not seen a pair, a duo that skilled since Mike [Michael Jordan] and Pip [Scottie Pippen]. There is no other dynamic duo that compares to KD and Kyrie,” McGrady said during an episode of “Club Shay Shay” with Shannon Sharpe.
“Even if you look at what LeBron and D-Wade were. Skill-wise they still weren’t touching them two boys. Even if I were to play with Grant Hill, I still don’t know.”
If the Nets can bring back their same core from last year, they could be among the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.
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Lakers Willing to Up Trade Offer for Controversial $136 Million Star: Report
Getty Russell Westbrook (No. 0) of the Lakers
It was not long ago—a little more than a month, really—that the Lakers and Kyrie Irving appeared to be on an NBA collision course, with Irving supposedly so eager to go to Los Angeles and reunite with old teammate LeBron James that he would give up about $30 million to sign a midlevel contract with L.A.
The heat around that deal cooled, though, when Irving instead chose to opt into the final year of his Nets deal (worth $36 million) and later was reported to be content with his situation in Brooklyn. With the Nets front office preoccupied with the ongoing Kevin Durant, talk of an Irving deal was shelved.
But now comes a report from the New York Daily News that the Lakers would be willing to up their offer for Irving, sending out not only Russell Westbrook but also two first-round picks, in 2027 and 2029. The Lakers could also add Talen Horton-Tucker with L.A. taking back a shooter, either Seth Curry (the Lakers’ reported preference) or Joe Harris (the Nets’ preference).
Such a deal would require the Nets to also move out Durant, or to find a third team to take on Westbrook, who has a long and rocky history with Durant going back to their days as teammates with the Thunder, from 2007-2016.
Westbrook and Durant jawing at eachother!#NBA #AGS pic.twitter.com/QWnAHn0weo
— ALL GRIND SPORTS (@allgrindsports) November 23, 2017NBA Insider: Nets Want to Move on From Irving
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According to Heavy Sports’ NBA insider Steve Bulpett, the Nets remain in favor of moving on from Irving, who was unable to come to an agreement with the team on a new contract in June. That’s opened the path for the Lakers to make a deal for Irving and put him back on the same team as James, Irving’s teammate with the Cavaliers from 2014-2017, when the pair went to three consecutive NBA Finals, winning the 2016 championship. He also offered a warning for Irving’s next team.
“The Nets would love to be out of that situation but they don’t want to give him up for nothing and what’s his true value?” Bulpett said in a video interview. “It would appear that whatever you can get in return, from everything I am gathering talking to teams, what you can get in return for Kyrie Irving is not nearly matched by his talent. But then, how often is his talent on the court? Last year, he found a couple different ways to miss games.
“You’re always going to deal with that with Kyrie. I am not sure he is ever going to be in a place where he is happy, comfortable, peaceful for a long period of time.”Play
Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and more NBA chat with Heavy Sports Insider Steve BulpettInsider Steve Bulpett talks about NBA issues with editor Sean Deveney.2022-08-10T15:10:33Z
Lakers Have Sought Westbrook Deal
As it stands, the Lakers are poised to go into the 2022-23 season with Westbrook still in the lineup, likely as the starting point guard. Darvin Ham has said that getting Westbrook to be a useful, productive part of the rotation is still one of his top goals in his rookie season as Lakers coach.
But, as the offseason has worn on, it has become clear that Westbrook did not much enjoy his first season with the Lakers, and though he has not formally called for a trade, L.A. has done all it can to find a new home for him. That’s proved difficult considering Westbrook’s $47 million salary and his reputation for having a tough time fitting into offensive systems that are not designed around him.
Irving has his issues as a player, on and off the court, as well, but the Lakers figure to be better-suited to handling those issues than most teams.