Kevin Durant reportedly gave team governor Joe Tsai an ultimatum last week, demanding that the Nets either find a trade or fire coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. Tsai responded by publicly backing his staff, and no trade has occurred.
Yet, according to one NBA exec, Durant may not want to stay in Brooklyn regardless of what Tsai does to cater to him.
In his newsletter on Substack, Marc Stein reported that a well-connected NBA executive believes that Durant would more likely retire than return to the Brooklyn Nets for the upcoming season.
Via The Stein Line:
Durant's bold demand to Joe Tsai to fire both Nash and Marks certainly didn't help his trade value, and Stein reports that in addition to the issue of finding enough assets to make a deal for Durant, teams are understandably wary of putting the fate of the franchise into the hands of a potentially volatile superstar.
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Story originally appeared on Nets Wire