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Brian Windhorst on Kevin Durant potentially holding out — “I can see it. That’s what we’re headed towards”

Several recent developments turned Durant's potential holdout from unlikely to very possible.
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

The Kevin Durant trade saga remains at a standstill. The Brooklyn Nets want an unprecedented amount of assets for Durant, and so far, no team has been able to conjure up a package that meets the Nets’ demands. Even Durant’s recent ultimatum, in which he said he would consider staying if Nets owner Joe Tsai fired both GM Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash, hasn’t caused much movement on the situation.

Brian Windhorst believes that Kevin Durant could end up holding out

Durant’s trade request may very well go unanswered this offseason. If that were to happen, many figured Durant would tough it out and continue to play for the Nets despite his feelings towards the organization. But that may not end up being the case.

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ESPN’s Brian Windhorst recently discussed how Durant may hold out if he is still in Brooklyn by the time training camp starts. Windhorst said he never really thought it was a possibility, but with the recent events, particularly Durant’s ultimatum to Tsai, he sees it as an increasingly viable development of the stalemate between the two sides.

What would happen if Kevin Durant holds out?

Everyone expected some sort of resolution between Durant and the Nets that would end with him playing basketball come the start of the 2022-23 season. But Durant’s relationship with the Nets may be damaged to the point where that’s impossible. The two sides’ relationship appears to be unsalvageable at this stage of the game.

Windhorst’s report is another wrinkle in Durant’s trade saga that seemingly has no end in sight. The Nets have probably been bracing for a potential Durant holdout for some time, so this shouldn’t be a shocking revelation to them. But it could incentivize them to potentially lower their asking price to get Durant off their hands by the time the upcoming season starts.

The problem is the Nets have sounded intent on getting as much as they can for Durant, and they haven’t budged to this point. It would be surprising if Durant’s potential holdout is what ends up pushing them over the ledge. But for those expecting to see Durant on the court next season, you may have to wait until he gets traded to see him on the court again. And as of right now, that trade may not happen, clouding Durant’s playing status for the 2022-23 season. 

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