Durant reportedly “goes dark” as Nets keep asking price high, trade talks drag out
The Brooklyn Nets are asking for a historic return in a Kevin Durant trade — and after seeing what Utah got back for Rudy Gobert, the price went up. Other teams are understandably trying to negotiate that price down, and the result is talks that are dragging out and will likely continue to do so.
Kevin Durant doesn’t want to talk about it (at least with other NBA stars), Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported on the latest edition of his Posting Up podcast.
Well, except Durant is talking to Chet Holmgren on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Nets continue to ask for a massive haul in a Durant trade — as Marc Stein reported in his latest newsletter — and they are not setting an artificial deadline and rushing just to get something done.
How big a haul? From Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports on the Posted Up podcast with Haynes.
Maybe that was just the “aim high” first ask in a negotiation, but it set a tone (and the Timberwolves went another direction with Gobert). The Nets have been setting that tone around the league, and now they will see who wants to stay at the table and negotiate.
Just don’t expect anything to get done quickly.