The Brooklyn Nets front office and coaching staff appeared out of their element for the majority of the 2021-22 season, so someone with an ounce of sanity is finally making demands to turn things around.
According to a report from The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, Nets superstar Kevin Durant spoke with team governor Joe Tsai and stated that he will remain with the team if both head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks are fired … which not only makes sense but feels past due, even in the shortened time that the new Nets regime has been in place.
Durant, a 12-time All-Star and a two-time NBA champ, has been the focus of Brooklyn all offseason based on the Slim Reaper‘s demand to be traded out of the Bronx.
Part of Durant’s dilemma with the team stems from their mishandling of veteran guard Kyrie Irving.
Last offseason, as talks of a vaccine mandate loomed over New York City and Barclays Center, Nets leadership decided to completely ban Irving from all team activities for choosing to remain unvaccinated.
At first, it was assumed that Irving would still participate in away games if Barclays’ vaccine mandate would prohibit Irving from playing at home. But the decision to sideline Irving, enforced by Joe Tsai and GM Sean Marks, then rippled into a problem for Durant who was left with little help outside of guard James Harden, who would eventually be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Marks’ decision to remain non-committal with resigning Irving to a proper extension this offseason has also left the Nets’ future mired with uncertainty.
As for Steve Nash, the third-year coach has yet to prove that he’s capable of leading a team stripped of its All-Stars and failed to properly implement a return strategy for Irving once he was permitted to return to the team.
Durant’s future with the Nets remains in Limbo as trade talks heat up between the Nets and Los Angeles Lakers for Irving, whom Durant maintains should be a part of the Nets’ plans moving forward if the team wishes for all key players to stay in Brooklyn …
The Nets finished seventh in the East last season with a 44-38 record. Brooklyn was swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics (4-0).
Stay tuned with OutKick as the story develops.