Per the report, Durant met with team owner Joseph Tsai over the weekend and told him to choose between himself and the pairing of head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. Durant doesn’t have faith in the direction of the team, according to the report.
Durant previously requested a trade from the Nets in June following a tumultuous season that resulted in a first-round playoff sweep to the Boston Celtics. The Nets have reportedly set a substantial price for Durant on the trade market that thus far has not been met by interested teams.
Durant, 33, is approaching his 16th NBA season and remains one of the game’s elite offensive weapons. In 55 games last season, he averaged 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists while shooting 51.8% from the field and 38.3% from 3-point distance. He’s been limited in his return from an Achilles tendon tear that sidelined him for the 2019-20 season, with injuries restricting him to 90 regular-season games over the last two seasons in Brooklyn.
The Nets hired Nash in 2020 to lead the rebuild around Durant and Kyrie Irving, who both joined the franchise the previous season, Kenny Atkinson’s last as head coach. The hiring arrived as a surprise around the NBA as Nash — a Hall of Fame point guard — had no prior head coaching experience when he took over a team built to compete for NBA championships. The Nets are 92-62 under Nash and haven’t advanced beyond the Eastern Conference semifinals in his two seasons.