Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving took part in a star-studded workout on Saturday as their futures with the Brooklyn Nets continue to hang in the balance.
Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young posted photos from the session, which also Featured Miami Heat forward Victor Oladipo and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Caris LeVert, on Instagram.
Durant requested a trade from the Nets in late June, but there has been little progress toward a blockbuster deal before the 2022-23 season.
It’s apparently not because of a lack of interest, but rather Brooklyn’s exorbitant asking price after the Utah Jazz acquired a package that included four first-round picks and a pick trade for center Rudy Gobert. .
While Gobert is one of the best defensemen in the league, he’s also an old-school center in a modern NBA mostly dominated by wings, guards, and all-around greats. Thus, this trade has set the bar for a KD deal extraordinarily high.
With rival teams so far hesitant to meet the Nets’ demands, the front office may be looking to keep the group together despite a drama-filled 2021-22 campaign.
ESPN Brian Windhorst reported Thursday (via HoopsHype) that Durant’s “membership level” remains in the biggest question mark.
“But right now, I think the Nets want to revive this team, and they’re hoping Kevin Durant is okay with it,” Windhorst said. “The way they conduct trade negotiations and the prices they ask for makes teams think they don’t really want to trade Kevin Durant anyway.”
Irving’s future is heavily dependent on Durant’s. If KD is moved, it looks like there’s a good chance the seven-time All-Star point guard will also leave Brooklyn after a summer he was linked to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thus, the Nets hold the keys to the chaotic rest of the offseason.
Brooklyn will open the regular season on October 19 when it hosts the New Orleans Pelicans. How his starting roster looked remains a mystery as KD and Kyrie continue to work in the offseason.