Steve Nash memes flooded Twitter after Kevin Durant gave Joe Tsai an ultimatum regarding his future with the organization.
The Brooklyn Nets were pretty much the laughing stock of the NBA last season. The team went from title favorites at the beginning of the season to being swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
They had a seemingly championship-caliber Big Three in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, which never got going. Irving’s vaccination status prevented him from playing at home and Harden was eventually traded to the 76ers for Ben Simmons, who didn’t see a minute of action.
Following their embarrassing playoff exit, Durant requested a trade on June 30. However, the Nets are having difficulty finding other teams to help facilitate a trade given the sky-high asking price they have slapped on Durant.
Durant gives Joe Tsai an ultimatum
As reported by Shams Charania, of The Athletic, Kevin Durant met with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai at the weekend, and reiterated his desire to be traded.
However, Charania also reported the two-time Finals MVP gave Tsai an ultimatum, telling the Nets to choose between him and head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.
Durant reportedly doesn’t have “faith” in the franchise’s direction, adding another dimension to the already-fascinating saga.
Steve Nash memes flood Twitter
Nash now finds himself in an unfortunate position after taking over the helm at Brooklyn in 2020. Following Durant’s “It’s them, or me!” ultimatum, Twitter was flooded with Steve Nash memes:
Tsai speaks out on Twitter
Nets owner Joe Tsai responded to the reports on Monday night, appearing to support Nash and Marks:
It’s an interesting statement to make. Many commented it’d be unwise to choose Nash and Marks over a top three player in the game and one who gives your franchise a legitimate shot at winning a title.
However, Durant signed a contract extension with the Nets and currently has four years and $198 million left on his deal. It means the Nets have a lot of leverage in trade negotiations, and it doesn’t appear the blockbuster trade packages for Durant have been that forthcoming.
According to Charania, sources have said: “Tsai and the Nets have made clear privately they will take every last asset from a team that trades for Durant.”
We’ll see how this one plays out.
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