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Brooklyn is willing to keep Irving and Durant until preseason

It seems like eons ago from Kevin Durant’s trade request. Last Friday the superstar turned the entire league upside down when it became official that he wanted to leave the Brooklyn Nets. Since then, the New York franchise has tried to find a deal that convinces them of the insurance hundreds they have received. But at the moment none has gone beyond mere trial phases. Something very similar to what they live with Irving. As a result, many league executives have a feeling that the franchise would have no qualms about start training camp with both in the template.

The Nets face the KD case with the advantage of the multi-year contract that ties the player to the franchise. As much as the picture is complicated, they have shown no hurry. The priority is to be a fully competitive team after both departures, and for this they demand a historic transfer in exchange for Durant. With Irving, things are different, since his market value is much lower due to his attitude in recent times. Only the Los Angeles Lakers seem really interested, but even they haven’t been overly aggressive.

The situation, you have noticed, is reminiscent of that experienced by Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia Sixers during last season. Which indicates how undesirable it is to start the season with core figures you know don’t want to be there. Both sides want this to be resolved before the next term begins, but Brooklyn is forced to take the upper hand and show off the position of power in which he finds himself as Daryl Morey already did.

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