NBA commissioner Adam Silver was the latest to speak to Kevin Durant’s shock trade request from the Nets, saying the league didn’t want to see a situation like the one involving the 12-time All-Star “fall unfold as it is. .”
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League, Silver brought up the idea of a player asking to be moved while still under contract with a particular franchise. . That’s currently the case for Durant, 33, who is entering the first year of a four-year, $198 million contract extension he just signed last August.
“Listen, this must be a two-way street. Teams provide enormous security and guarantees to players and in return they are expected to live up to their end of the bargain,” Silver said. “I’m realistic that there will always be conversations behind closed doors between players and their representatives and teams. But we don’t like to see players asking for trades, and we don’t like to see things go the way they do. they are.
Silver said he hopes the league and players’ association will work together in the next round of labor negotiations to find “remedies” for situations like Durant’s.
“It’s one of those issues that we intend, as we enter this round of collective bargaining, which we’re just beginning, to discuss with our players’ association and see if there is solutions to this. Again, as I said, this will never be the case when players aren’t unhappy in certain situations, but we don’t want things to play out the way they are right now.
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“I think it’s something where there’s a mutuality of interest between the players collectively and the league, having more stability. So that’s something we’re going to discuss with the union.
Despite the gripes Silver and others may have with the reported trade demand, Durant has reportedly “gone dark” and neglects to speak with league figures, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. The two-time Finals MVP would have two ideal landing spots, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Phoenix and Miami.
Although this may be the case, the Nets made it clear that they don’t plan on doing business with a team unless they receive two “All-Star-caliber talent” and a slew of picks in return, per IFis Chris Mannix. Brooklyn hasn’t set a timeline as to when it hopes to complete a trade.
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