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NBA Offseason Action Including KD’s Rescinded Trade Request

The National Basketball Association season begins on October 18th and the biggest question mark around the upcoming season was around where Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant will play next year. Durant requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on the weekend of August 6th and met with the owner of the Brooklyn Nets: Joe Tsai. During this meeting, Durant told the Nets that they need to choose between Durant and the pairing of head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.

As of August 6th, the Nets entertained offers from other teams but the asking price was extremely high due to the fact that Durant was under contract for four years. The NBA Betting landscape will certainly change if Durant is moved, so let’s take a look at the saga so far.

Trade Rescinded 

After a couple of weeks of internal discussions between the Brooklyn Nets and Durant and his team, they revealed that he will rescind his trade request. The manager of the Brooklyn Nets Sean Marks released a statement that reads “[Coach] Steve Nash and I, together with [governors] Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai, met with Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman in Los Angeles yesterday,” Marks said.

“We have agreed to move forward with our partnership. We are focusing on basketball, with one collective goal in mind: build a lasting franchise to bring a championship to Brooklyn.”

The request for a trade from the Brooklyn Nets made a boring offseason for the NBA interesting to see which team would have the assets to acquire the superstar. The asking price for Durant was quite a package including ready-to-win players and draft picks. For example, some of the trade packages rumored for Kevin Durant included Jaylen Brown, Pascal Siakam, and Mikal Bridges and multiple draft picks. 

7-11, Run it Back

The other question mark around the Brooklyn Nets was Kyrie Irving. There were rumors that the Brooklyn Nets would shop around for offers regarding their star point guard and the prominent rumor was with the Los Angeles Lakers and Russell Westbrook. After question marks surrounded Durant’s future, it only made sense to acquire assets for Irving. A report came out from reputable reporter Shams Charania that the Brooklyn Nets plan to keep Irving going into the new NBA season.

The major piece that defined the NBA offseason was Durant but there are also questions around other superstars in the league including Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, plus Westbrook and many more. 

Donovan Mitchell 

The Utah Jazz are motivated to trade Mitchell before training camp and the Knicks have been at the top of the list of the teams that have inquired about him. The Jazz have also traded Patrick Beverley to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

In addition, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, and Charlotte Hornets were the other teams included in the trade discussion but it is unknown if offers were on the table. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat are other possible trade destinations for the star shooting guard.

Dejounte Murray vs. Paolo Banchero

The beef between Banchero and Murray started in a pro-am game after Murray tossed a pass off the backboard and dunked it. After the play, Murray embraced the moment and called him “too small.” As the game went on, Murray and Banchero exchanged more words and advanced into more aggressive exchanges. They both followed up the game with interaction on social media. 

Chet Holmgrem

Another massive story around the National Basketball Association is the news of a recent draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder Chet Holmgrem will miss the entire NBA season. He got injured in a pro-am game in Seattle against LeBron James. 

The number two pick suffered a Lisfranc injury in his right foot and there has also been more action in another pro-am game this offseason. This offseason could provide some valuable insight to other teams to ask their rookie draft picks to not play in games other than official NBA competitions to avoid issues and injury. 

In conclusion, the NBA season edges closer and closer and begins on October 18th but there is still a lot of movement to follow.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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