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As trade rumors continue to swirl around superstar Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets seem more than happy to slow things down.

There is a motive to the approach aside from getting the best trading package possible. According to NBA writer Marc Stein, the Nets hope Durant can rescind his trade request and settle things with the organization:

“League sources argue that the Nets have not yet lowered their asking price in response to Durant’s trade request and therefore appear to be banking on the idea that there is still time for Durant to soften his trade stance and to re-engage with the franchise he is signed with for the next four seasons at $194 million.

“The Nets, along with the rest of the league, therefore remain in a wait-and-see mode when it comes to Durant’s willingness to show up to training camp on time and whether he’s willing to make things more uncomfortable for the club. organization to encourage trade. debates.”

Although there was a long list of suitors for Durant, none met Brooklyn’s asking price.

The Athletic and Stadium’s Per Shams Charania, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat “remain among the most serious threats to land Durant”, while the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets , the New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies have also checked in with the Nets.

According to that report, the Celtics offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-rounder, while the Nets responded by asking for Brown, Marcus Smart, several draft picks and another player in rotation. The Celtics have yet to offer smart or promising young center Robert Williams in negotiations.

The Raptors wouldn’t make rookie of the year Scottie Barnes available in a potential trade, per Shams, while the Pelicans won’t part ways with Brandon Ingram and the Heat haven’t offered Bam Adebayo (and he couldn’t be traded to the Nets unless Ben Simmons is also traded by Brooklyn due to the NBA’s Designated Rookie Extension Rules).

While the Grizzlies have plenty of future first-round picks to offer and a number of promising young players, they have reportedly refrained from offering Jaren Jackson Jr. or Desmond Bane in any potential deals, per Shams.

The Hawks reportedly offered the Nets John Collins, De’Andre Hunter and a draft pick, while the Suns offered Mikal Bridges and a “handful of first-round picks.”

So for now, Durant remains a Net. Many teams in the league will likely wait to make their best offer until it’s clearer whether Durant will show up for training camp and how much drama he might be willing to cause in his efforts to be traded.

One factor that could chill Durant’s desire to move on to a new franchise is Brooklyn’s relationship with Kyrie Irving. Per Shams, “sources with knowledge of the situation say he has been training with his teammates and having a constructive dialogue with the organization this offseason”.

Whether the Nets and Irving can work things out after he and the organization couldn’t agree on a long-term extension this summer – which in turn led to trade rumors surrounding the veteran point guard — it could potentially ease tensions between Durant and the team.

That remains to be seen. But for now, Durant’s future remains in a waiting pattern, and the Nets don’t seem particularly eager to resolve the situation.

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