12:59 PM EDT, Thu August 11, 2022
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Stein: Kevin Durant already got paid

Stein: Kevin Durant already got paid

Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Will he or won’t he sit out the beginning of the 2022-23 season if he hasn’t been traded by the opening of camp? That may be the big question when looking at the Kevin Durant situation ... and the Nets future. Now comes Marc Stein who reports that the day after KD requested a trade, he picked up a check (okay, more likely an electronic deposit) worth more than $10.7 million and will receive another $10.7 million six days into training camp, on October 1. If it wasn’t sufficiently audacious that Durant is demanding a...
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Nets have other decisions beyond what to do with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

Nets have other decisions beyond what to do with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

It’s getting late in the off-season. By one estimate, there are only 18 open roster spots round the league not counting two-way contracts or training camp invites. The Nets, hamstrung by Kevin Durant’s trade request (or if you like, demand) and uncertainty surrounding Kyrie Irving, still have a lot of decisions to make before camp opens the last week of September. They currently have only 12 players on guaranteed NBA deals — including KD and Kyrie — as well as a partially guaranteed deal (Edmond Sumner) and a two-way deal (Alondes Williams). That gives them two open...
Aug 10, 2022
Liberty and Wings face off again in Dallas

Liberty and Wings face off again in Dallas

Photo by Tim Heitman/NBAE via Fight on. It was a chippy, intense, playoff atmosphere on Monday evening as the New York Liberty played the Dallas Wings. The Wings used an excellent fourth quarter to clinch a playoff spot and beat the Liberty. After this, NY heads to the ATL to face the Atlanta Dream on Friday night Same opponent tonight so just read above. Where to follow the game YES Network on TV. Tip after 8 p.m. Injuries Natasha Howard was out on Monday’s game due to his left ankle Arike Ogunbowale is out for the rest of the regular season and the first round of...
Aug 10, 2022
Windhorst: Kevin Durant ultimatum hasn’t worked, has hurt his trade value

Windhorst: Kevin Durant ultimatum hasn’t worked, has hurt his trade value

Early returns on Kevin Durant’s ultimatum to Joe Tsai are not good, said Brian Windhorst Tuesday. “Doing it now is a maneuver, a maneuver that I don’t think worked because as I talk to teams out there, they don’t think this increased his trade demand. They think this hurt his trade value,” said the ESPN writer on NBA Today. It’s generally believed that KD’s ultimatum — trade me or fire Sean Marks and Joe Tsai — was aimed at accelerating trade talks which by all accounts are at a standstill. The Nets simply are not willing to significantly lower their...
Aug 10, 2022
The very odd relationship between Kevin Durant and Steve Nash

The very odd relationship between Kevin Durant and Steve Nash

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via The news that Kevin Durant wants Steve Nash to be fired along with Sean Marks is on its face, odd. While KD did not push for the Nets to hire Nash — that was Marks decision — he did reportedly endorse it. But more to the point, Durant praised Nash effusively in April, defending him even after the Nets were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. Back on April 8, Durant said this of his head coach. “I think he’s done a great job. The last two years, he’s been dealt a wild hand: injuries, trades,...
Aug 10, 2022
Post: Kevin Durant’s differences with Nets ownership, management run deep

Post: Kevin Durant’s differences with Nets ownership, management run deep

Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/Euroleague Basketball via Brian Lewis and Josh Kosman of the Post report Wednesday that Kevin Durant’s differences with the Nets organization run deep, quoting a source close to KD, but the writers also note that if the Nets can’t find a willing trade partner, he’s unlikely to sit things out. Specifically, Lewis and Kosman cite a number of issues, some of which are new. Durant wasn’t consulted on the Nets decision not to renew assistant coach Adam Harrington, KD’s long-time shooting coach and friend; Durant believes the Nets...
Aug 9, 2022
Liberty fight hard, but fall short to the Dallas Wings

Liberty fight hard, but fall short to the Dallas Wings

Photo by Tim Heitman/NBAE via Win or lose, we’ll remember you by how hard you fight. If you don’t bring that effort and pride, you look back and wonder what could have been if you dedicated all your energy to the cause. Showing up is half the battle, and what you do when you get there is the other half. However, if you move with purpose, show up ready to compete, and give it your best shot, you can walk away with your head held high even if you don’t get the result. The Liberty entered this contest without Natasha Howard and coming off of an ugly loss in which...
Aug 9, 2022
ANALYSIS: What’s next? Maybe nothing

ANALYSIS: What’s next? Maybe nothing

Photo by Elsa/ Fans have been reading tea leaves for more than a month now, hoping they can see a pattern that suggests their two superstars would “run it back” next year in Brooklyn. That cup of tea wound up as spillage Monday with word from Shams Charania that Kevin Durant had given Joe Tsai a ultimatum: fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash or trade me. Other than that, though, what should be expect now that positions are hardened, and arguably the best player in basketball is headed to his fourth team in 16 years? Probably not much immediately. On Sunday, the day...
Aug 8, 2022
GLUE GUYS: Kevin Durant’s Ultimatum

GLUE GUYS: Kevin Durant’s Ultimatum

Photo by Theo Wargo/ The Glue Guys on what Joe Tsai should do when it comes to Kevin Durant: trade him, fire Steve Nash and Sean Marks, or do nothing and see how it goes.
Aug 8, 2022
Kevin Durant to Joe Tsai: Either trade me or fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash

Kevin Durant to Joe Tsai: Either trade me or fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via In what looks like the latest chapter in the Nets off-season drama, Shams Charania reports that Kevin Durant and Joe Tsai did meet recently and the superstar told the owner he has to fire his general manager and head coach. Sources: Kevin Durant informed Joe Tsai that he does not have faith in the Nets‘ direction. The meeting was described as transparent and professional, with a clear message: Keep me -- or the GM and coach. https://t.co/W1voNf9MDC https://t.co/0lbBay2OxF— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 8, 2022 The...
Aug 8, 2022
What’s Up with LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin? Only scattered rumors so far

What’s Up with LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin? Only scattered rumors so far

Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Feathery mid-range jumpers floating from LaMarcus Aldridge’s hands were common during the Barclays Center’s opening months last year. Putting little arc on his release while hitting with pinpoint accuracy, LMA’s shots moved toward the net like heat-seeking missiles ... just a bit slower However, a cease fire came about during the 2021-22 season’s latter half. Those shots which were once on display nightly were only visible during pregame warmups. A few health related issues, particularly a troublesome hip that had bothered him...
Aug 8, 2022
Liberty start critical two game set in Dallas vs. the Wings

Liberty start critical two game set in Dallas vs. the Wings

Photo by Cooper Neill/NBAE via A bad time for a bad effort. Everything lined up for the New York Liberty to improve their playoff standing on Saturday night against the Phoenix Mercury. However, the team picked a bad time to not bring the effort needed to win and suffered a disastrous loss as a result. Their effort was simply unacceptable and puts them in a mess of their own making. The L also cost the Liberty the season series vs. the Mercury and are now ninth in the standings. The opponent tonight will be the Dallas Wings. Like the Liberty, the Wings are battling it...
Aug 7, 2022
Natasha Howard injured as Liberty suffer frustrating loss to the Mercury

Natasha Howard injured as Liberty suffer frustrating loss to the Mercury

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via There’s never a good time to lose. You want to win every day and build more for the future. Everyone loses every now and then, it’s a part of life. However, certain losses are just simply inexcusable. On Saturday night, the New York Liberty began their four-game road trip with a tilt against the Phoenix Mercury. Just prior to tip-off, it was announced that Diana Taurasi would miss this game with a quadriceps injury. Also, Skylar Diggins-Smith was announced as out as she is dealing with a non-COVID illness. With Phoenix missing their...
Aug 6, 2022
Matt Riccardi, Nets Scouting Director and Long Island GM, leaving for Mavs job

Matt Riccardi, Nets Scouting Director and Long Island GM, leaving for Mavs job

Matt Riccardi who joined the Nets as an intern 13 years ago and rose to Director of Scouting Operations and Long Island Nets general manager, is leaving Brooklyn for Dallas and a senior position with the Mavericks. Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news in a tweet... Brooklyn Nets director of scouting Matt Riccardi is joining the Dallas Mavericks in a senior front office role, sources tell ESPN. Riccardi spent 13 years with the Nets, advancing from an intern. He grew up in the Dallas area.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 6, 2022 Riccardi, 36, identified a number of...
Aug 6, 2022
Ben Simmons playing the 5? Don’t be surprised

Ben Simmons playing the 5? Don’t be surprised

Photo by Evan Yu/NBAE via When Steve Nash talked at the end of last season about how Ben Simmons could play the 5 for the Nets, it threw Nets fans for a loop. The 6’11” Simmons has been a point guard, an All-Star and All-NBA point guard. Why make him a point center. “I think he plays both [point guard and center],” Nash said at the end of the season. “He’s just such a well-rounded, versatile athlete and skilled player that I think it would be limiting to say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to handle the ball all the time. You have to facilitate the offense all the...