The recent Kevin Durant trade saga proved to the world that only being one of the best players in the league won't help you in getting your own way. After several weeks of drama around the future of Durant with the Brooklyn Nets, the 2x NBA champion ultimately decided to stay with the franchise.
The Nets reportedly asked for a very high price for Kevin Durant, which played a role in many teams retracting their trade offers for him. While that was a reason why Durant couldn't find a new team, there was another factor that played a role.
It was the factor that not many teams believed in KD's loyalty. He previously left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. Later, he left the Warriors and decided to join the Nets. And obviously, most recently, he demanded a trade out of the Nets as well.
But is KD really this problematic? Well, if you ask NBA analyst Skip Bayless, that's not the case. According to him, the Nets owner Joe Tsai deliberately created a bad image of Kevin Durant to ultimately have him return to the team.
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“Joe Tsai made Kevin Durant look foolish ... I do not buy that nobody made much of an offer for Kevin Durant because he’s become such a problem child. I don’t buy that for a second, he’s Kevin bleeping Durant. I believe there were bombshell offers made for Kevin bleeping Durant who is still the best player on the planet.
I believe from the start Joe Tsai made up his mind, ‘I’m not gonna cave in. I don’t care what they offer for Kevin. I’ll listen just to placate them, just to pat them on the head, but he’s going nowhere.’ Joe Tsai said, ‘Hell with Phoenix and hell with Miami and hell with Boston, hell with Memphis and hell with anyone who reportedly was interested in Kevin Durant. Kevin is going to be a Brooklyn Net, like it or not.’"
Whether Joe Tsai deliberately made Kevin Durant look foolish or not, the end result will highly benefit his franchise ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season.
The Nets will enter the new season as one of the favorites from the Eastern Conference. They will be able to witness their new Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons finally playing together. But will they be able to lead the team to an NBA Championship? We will find out in the future.