Kevin Durant reportedly irked with Ben Simmons when he left group chat after being asked about game four availability


Kevin Durant reportedly asked Nets owner Joe Tsai to either fire head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks, or to continue trying to trade him out of Brooklyn after the two met on Monday.

But does Durant also have a problem with one of his newest teammates?

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According to Fox Sports NBA analyst Ric Bucher, Durant wasn’t too happy after the team asked Ben Simmons in a group chat before game four of their first-round loss to the Celtics whether he would be on the court or not, and rather than answer at all, Simmons simply left the group chat.

He also didn’t play in game four, nor did he play for the Nets all season.

“Ben Simmons, they’re having a team chat for game four thinking he’s gonna play against the Boston Celtics, and from what I’m told, Ben just left the chat,” Bucher said. “They asked him, ‘are you gonna play?’ Ben left the chat. Didn’t even answer the question, just left the chat.

“KD is like, ‘This is who I’m playing with?’”

Simmons was ramping up to prepare for the playoffs before he experienced more back issues, but by all accounts, he was going to return for game four with the season on the line. Instead, he didn’t suit up, and Brooklyn was swept out of the first round, still holding just one playoff win since cleaning up in the summer of 2019 by signing Durant and Kyrie Irving.

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