Shaq: Durant should 'try to make it work' with Nets, wants out because 'it's easier that way'

By , Audacy Sports

It's been more than a month since Nets superstar Kevin Durant requested a trade out of Brooklyn, with seemingly little traction toward a potential deal.

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And according to Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal, the best resolution for all parties would be if a deal never materializes at all.

The Big Aristotle and fellow TNT analyst Charles Barkley have long been critical of Durant, and O'Neal continued that tradition during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday, where he explained that Durant should finish what he started in Brooklyn.

"Where do you think Durant would be best served?" Eisen asked regarding potential landing spots.

"I mean, when you put a house together, you should live in it," O'Neal said. "He was the one who hired the architect ... so, he as a leader should try to make it work. But, if you don't want to make it work, you should go buy another house. So, I know he's probably going to try to get to a contender. It's easier that way."

Shaq conceded he doesn't know exactly why Durant requested the trade, but he suspects Kyrie Irving's "extracurricular activities" didn't help.

"I wish I could jump into his mind, but my favorite saying is 'to each his own.' He's going to have to do what what he's going to have to do to make his career successful -- it's pretty successful now, two championship rings, and he's probably looking for another one. But, he probably got tired of all the extracurricular media activities that Kyrie was bringing, and didn't want to have to deal with that anymore -- if I had to speculate. But I don't know."

Durant took aim at O'Neal earlier in the offseason, when Shaq criticized Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert's $250 million contract while admitting that the older generation of players were "petty" over the big-dollar deals enjoyed by today's players.

Durant fired back on social media, saying "Shaq is hilarious. You're a billionaire bro."

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