It has been a wild offseason for the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets initially thought that they might be bringing back both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving after Irving decided to opt in to this player option with the team.
That quickly fell apart for the organization after Durant requested a trade from the Nets organization. Then, reports emerged that Irving would likely be traded along with Durant. So it now seems like a complete rebuild is incoming in Brooklyn.
To this point, nothing has come to fruition regarding a potential trade for Durant. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver made his feelings on a potential blockbuster Kevin Durant trade known on Tuesday.
Silver discussed the topic during a press conference from the league’s owners’ meetings on Tuesday. It appears he’s not too happy about Durant requesting a trade from the Nets organization with four years remaining on his contract.
“I don’t know whether he requested a trade or demanded one, frankly,” said Silver on Tuesday. “This needs to be a two-way street. Teams provide enormous security and guarantees to players, and the expectation in return is that they’ll meet their end of the bargain.”
“I’m realistic that there’s always conversations going on behind closed doors between players and their representatives and the teams. But we don’t like to see players requesting trades, and we don’t like to see it playing out the way it is.”
Silver added that he hopes that the league and the players’ association will work together during the next round of collective bargaining negotiations to find “remedies” for situations like Durant’s.
Player empowerment in the NBA has been growing rampant since Silver took over as league commissioner in 2014, and this is one of the consequences of that.
It’s hard to feel bad for the Nets’ organization, or any organization, considering they can trade any player at a moment’s notice. So there’s certainly an argument that players should be able to do the same with trade requests.
Things in Brooklyn have certainly seemed tumultuous behind closed doors with Kyrie Irving’s strained relationship with teammates and coaching staff. And that’s in addition to the team trading away James Harden for Ben Simmons, who hasn’t even taken the court as a member of the Nets yet.
The bottom line seems to be that the Nets have not put together a cohesive situation for Durant to thrive in, and he is now looking elsewhere as a result. Whether Silver or anyone else likes it or not.