Nets owner Joe Tsai responds to reported ultimatum from Kevin Durant

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By , Audacy Sports

Nets owner Joe Tsai has apparently respond to reports that 12-time All-Star Kevin Durant recently gave him an ultimatum for a trade.

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On Monday, it was reported that Durant told Tsai to either trade him or fire general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash.

By Monday night, Tsai took to Twitter to offer a vote of confidence for his embattled general manager and coach.

"Our front office and coaching staff have my support," Tsai said. "We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets."

Durant, who turns 34 next month, reportedly asked to be traded in late June. Early reports indicated that the Suns, Heat, Celtics and Raptors were interested.

But trade rumors have slowed to a crawl, with recent reports indicating discussions have all but come to a standstill with suitors apparently hesitant to meet the Nets' reportedly steep asking price for the all-world forward. The surefire future Hall of Famer is entering the first year of a four-year contract extension he signed last offseason.

The extension seemed to indicate that Durant would be in Brooklyn for much of the balance of his career, but a tumultuous season marred by point guard Kyrie Irving's ineligibility to play owing to his refusal to get vaccinated now finds the franchise in apparent turmoil.

Tsai, previously a part-owner of the Nets, took full ownership of the franchise in late 2019 from previous owner Mikhail Prokhorov, just months after Marks shook up the NBA world by the signing of Durant and Irving.

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