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Within the aftermath of a harsh and brutal campaign, Kevin Durant decided he had enough of the Nets and desired to try something latest. He sent in his trade request to team owner Joe Tsai and watched as chaos ensued all across the league.
But with the summer nearly over now, Durant has been forced to rescind his trade demand (for now), and it appears as if each superstars are set to return for an additional season with the Nets.
In response to the most recent events, NBA Insider David Aldridge updated his offseason rankings, putting the Nets at seventeenth after managing to maintain the core together.
With the caveat that nobody needs to be surprised if, at any point during next season, GM Sean Marks or coach Steve Nash get cashiered, or Durant winds up with a latest address, for now an uneasy truce has squashed his trade request. Brooklyn can at the very least begin the season hoping that it might bring it’s disparate (originally autocorrected to “desperate,” which is likely to be more accurate) parties together. It’s hard to see that occuring, given the strong personalities involved. Everyone knows KD and Kyrie blaze their very own paths, but majority owner Joseph Tsai isn’t any shrinking flower himself. And Tsai mainly shut down any notion that the Nets would give Durant away, if in any respect, for pennies on the dollar. So, I can’t just pretend just like the last six weeks didn’t occur, and that there hasn’t been at the very least some damage to very necessary internal relationships.
Can Nash coach Durant or Irving hard, knowing one three-game losing streak will likely have him on the most well liked of seats? Would the Nets activate a dime in the event that they did discover a team willing to satisfy their asking price for Durant? As noted in my pre-Kumbaya assessment of Brooklyn’s offseason, the Nets didn’t do bad in roster reconstruction, adding Warren and O’Neale. But Warren’s recent injury history complicates a few of that enthusiasm. And, as previously noted, Simmons and Harris each missed all the 21-22 season, and Curry has needed to rehab this summer. So regardless of their level of fitness, they’ll need a while to shake off the rust. For all these reasons, I can’t say the Nets had a top 10 offseason. But knowing they’ve at the very least minimal buy-in going into the season from their two superstars has to maneuver them up from their previous positioning.
At the beginning of the summer, no person was sure if the Nets would find yourself keeping KD and Kyrie. In light of all of the drama they caused, many were convinced that a trade was inevitable and that they might must resort to an entire rebuild around Ben Simmons and picks.
For now, the Nets have managed to avoid that by adding firm on Durant and refusing to present up on attempting to make it work with him. They deserve credit for avoiding collapse, even when they simply delayed the inevitable.