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Kevin Durant‘s deadlock with the nets His desire to be traded is likely to persist into the start of the season, ESPN’s Bobby Marks said in an appearance on “NBA Today” (video link). Marks theorizes that Durant hurt his case with an ultimatum in his recent meeting with the team owner Joe Tsaisaying he won’t return unless head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks are fired. Bobby Marks notes that the question was bad for Durant’s image and speculates that he will eventually regret the way he handled it.

“This does not force the problem”, the ESPN analyst said. “For Sean Marks or Steve Nash or Joe Tsai to say, ‘You know what, now we have to trade him. Now we actually have to draw up an artificial timeline.’ The offers are the offers. We know what the offers will be and what they could be, and so this will stick in the regular season.”

Also on “NBA Today,” ESPN’s Tim Bontemps said Durant’s provisions will make things even more awkward when the Nets gather for training camp next month. He adds that rival teams now have even less incentive to improve their offerings, as Durant has put Brooklyn in a difficult situation.

There’s more about Durant:

  • Ramona Shelburne, who appeared in the same segment, said a source had told her that there was a lot more going on at last week’s meeting than Durant’s opinion of his coach and GM. The Nets considered the discussion “part of the process,” Shelburne added, as Tsai wanted to better understand why Durant wants to leave.
  • USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt spoke to three executives from rival teams who want the Nets to stand their ground with Durant and refuse to trade him or part with Nash and Marks. With regard to potential trade destinations, three executives and agents with whom Zillgitt spoke believe that the Celtics are no longer involved in the Durant sweepstakes because the president of basketball operations Brad Stevens does not want to subject players to trading rumors anymore. The birds of prey and Heat were prominently mentioned, but only if Brooklyn agrees to lower the asking price.
  • A rival director tells Heavy’s Steve Bulpett that the Celtics will likely remain part of the conversation until the Durant situation is resolved because Jaylen Brown is the best player named as part of a possible return.

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