NBA: Kevin Durant’s trade caused by a clash
For several weeks, Kevin Durant has been waiting to know in which franchise he will evolve next season. If he asked to be transferred, he could very well stay with the Brooklyn Nets. And many reasons can explain his choice. One of them would be the behavior of Ben Simmons during the playoffs.
The future of Brooklyn Nets is still uncertain. We don’t know yet what will happen to Kevin Durant and of Kyrie Irving. If the latter had initially hinted that he could ask to be transferred, he would have finally changed his mind and decided to continue with the New York franchise next season. Faced with so much indecision, the number 7 of net had asked to leave. Several reasons can explain this decision, at the end of a disappointing season. Whereas James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were to form an exceptional trio to brooklynnothing went as planned.
James Harden replaced by Ben Simmons
Kyrie Irving missed most games last season because of his refusal to get vaccinated, which prevented him from playing in the state of New York notably. James Harden, meanwhile, packed his bags during the season to join Philadelphia. In this trade, the net were able to recover Ben Simmonswho refused to play for the Sixers. But suffering from back pain, the 26-year-old point guard did not play a single meeting with brooklyn. We wondered for a long time if he would be able to return for the playoffs. A question that his teammates also asked themselves.
Crisis meeting before game 4
Because the net would have needed it. The team coached by Steve Nash did not see the light of day in the first round of the playoffs. Kevin Durant and his teammates were swept 4-0 by the Boston Celtics. A big disappointment for a team supposed to fight for the title. ric bucheranalyst of the NBA for Fox Sports, also says more behind the scenes of this series. According to his information, the players of net had a discussion before game 4 against the Celtics and would have asked Ben Simmons if he intended to return for this decisive meeting.
Following a Game 3 loss vs Boston, the Nets players asked Ben Simmons in a group chat if he was ready to play in Game 4. Ben Simmons did not answer the question and proceeded to leave the chat, per @RicBucher on @TheHerd.” KD was like ‘This is who I’m playing with’!” 🍿 pic.twitter.com/c5gGH7zUT1
— Unbiased NBA Fan (@nonbiasednbafan) August 7, 2022
“The executives clearly asked Ben Simmons if he intended to play”
” Ahead of Game 4 against the Celtics, the Nets had a big chat about the players-only group chat. The executives asked Ben Simmons clearly if he was going to play, and from what I’m told in the league, Simmons has left the group. He didn’t even answer, he just left the conversation. There, KD started to say to himself: “that’s why I extended, is that my teammate?” “, he confided. Rather than answering and assuming that you can’t play, Ben Simmons just wouldn’t have answered. The drop of water too much for Kevin Durant which could be added to the reasons that led him to request his trade. While she was already well tainted after the end of her adventure in Philadelphiathe picture of Ben Simons, as for her, she risks taking a big hit.