Report: Durant suitors were scared off by asking price, trade demand

By , Audacy Sports

By some accounts, Nets star Kevin Durant should have been one of the most coveted trade targets in recent NBA history.

But it didn't seem to play out that way, and, according to a new report, Durant himself shares some of the blame for it.

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The combination of the Nets' steep asking price for Durant, along with his apparent recent inclination for seeking a fresh start every few years, helped to tank the 12-time All-Star's trade market, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

"Teams don't want to pay for someone who has proven he will burn your house down," an NBA executive told Zillgitt.

Added Zillgitt:

His recent penchant for wanting to parachute into a championship-caliber organization and look for ways out a year or two later worries teams.

The Nets were said to be seeking all of established stars, young players, and multiple draft picks in exchange for the surefire future Hall of Famer -- terms which prospective trade partners apparently found unpalatable.

Further complicating matters was Durant's bombshell ultimatum to Tsai, in which Durant reportedly doubled down on his trade request or else demanded that general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash both be fired.

Instead, Durant's gambit seemed to backfire in a classic case of overplaying one's hand. Entering the first year of a four-year extension signed just last offseason, Durant had very little leverage other than to pursue the nuclear option of holding out.

With Durant turning 34 next month, and having missed 64 of 154 possible games the past two seasons, he no longer has the "cachet" to force a trade, per Zillgitt.

With no cards left to play, Durant met with Nets brass earlier this week and reportedly rescinded his trade request, all but admitting defeat in his ill-conceived ploy to force his way out of Brooklyn.

The upshot is that he returns to a Nets team that appears poised for a deep playoff run, at least on paper. With Kyrie Irving back in the fold and Ben Simmons presumably healthy after offseason back surgery, the Nets return a formidable starting lineup, with a solid supporting cast surrounding the big three.

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