Kevin Durant’s recent request is shocking, to say the least. While Nick Wright conceded it was a rare question, he said Durant knows he won’t get it.
After a month of no action, Durant took it upon himself to make a change. He requested to meet with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai to discuss his future.
Sports analyst Chris Broussard hoped Durant would withdraw his trade request, just as Kobe Bryant had done in 2007. He couldn’t have been further from reality, however, as KD gave Tsai an ultimatum instead.
The four-time top scorer reportedly said he could only stay with the Nets if general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash were fired. Players have tried to force their way out through various means, but not many have asked for changes in the front office or in the coaching staff.
In “What’s Wright? With Nick Wright,” Wright gave examples of players who once called for their coach to be fired, including Magic Johnson and LeBron James.
“I don’t know if Kevin Durant really wants these guys fired,” Wright said. “He’s a smart guy. If he wanted these guys fired the way to get there is back in July instead of demanding a trade. Go up to Joe Tsai and say, ‘Hey, fire her or I’ll demand a trade’ and keep that private, huh?
“Instead, he’s proceeded in a way that leads me to believe he’s asked for something he knows he won’t get. The call for a head coach to be fired is not unprecedented, but it is still fairly rare. I mean, Magic Johnson did it 40 years ago, we still remember it.
“Dwight Howard did it. We remember Stan Van Gundy’s press conference. There were rumors that Lebron hinted at it via (Erik) Spoelstra and then just did it directly with David Blatt. But it’s very rare that a superstar flatly says, ‘Fire the carriage.’ It’s as good as ever for a Superstar to say, ‘Fire the coach and the GM.’”
Tsai has expressed support for his front office and coaching staff. He also made it public by sending out a tweet for all to see.
Nick Wright thinks Kevin Durant is trying to make a return difficult
There was talk of KD staying with the Nets for the new season. Trade talks have declined in recent weeks, with one of the factors being the Nets’ asking price.
Wright said the two-time NBA champion felt everyone was relaxed and not working to find a trading partner.
“I think KD just escalated the situation to the point where it’s out of reach to bring him back because there was some feeling across the league, ‘They’re not going to trade him.'”
After saying that he doesn’t know what makes Durant happy and that no team should want an unhappy KD, Wright said:
“I think the swap will happen. I think it will happen before the season starts. Will it happen before the training camp? I don’t know. But I think it will happen.”
There is still a lot of time before the start of the new season. However, the chances of seeing KD in a Nets uniform are starting to dwindle.
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