It all started with this anonymous report:
Easily one of the more bizarre things I've ever seen "reported", even during the slowest time of the NBA calendar. Just like I blogged this morning, there's no way Durant was seriously going to willingly give back $194M just because he may or may not be unhappy on the Nets. It was fun speculation I suppose, something to help fill the day I guess, but that is now over after KD logged on and put this out
The fact that KD even had to write that tweet just goes to show how insane things have truly gotten with this whole thing. This is not the first time we've heard of a player "reportedly" willing to give back guaranteed money
and just like with Dame, this too appears to be a crock of shit. My question is, what does that league exec benefit from getting that narrative out there? Is his team trying to trade for Durant and wants to pressure the Nets into lowering their price? I could see that. Negotiations right now are basically the Wild Wild West at this point. You could also make the case that it's actually kind of sad that KD even has to write a tweet like that in the first place, but this is how the NBA news cycle works. Everyone LOVES being an "anonymous" source this time of year so they can say some bullshit and go viral. I'd say you mention the words "KD" and "retire" and that's how you do it. Whether it's the team side
I will say that once I looked into it for this morning's blog and learned that you technically can retire, give up your current deal and then sit out a year until you can come back and sign with whoever that I thought maybe there was a 1% chance it was actually true. Even though that would be a wild precedent to set, this situation has been so strange that you had to at least consider it, even if you thought it was highly unlikely.
Now that KD's potential retirement is off the table, what about a hold out? NBA training camps basically start in a month which means the Nets are sort of up against it if they want to pull something off prior to things getting started. If that doesn't happen, what does Durant do? I don't see him as the type of guy who will willingly give back paychecks which would happen if he holds out, but admittedly I am a random blogger on the internet and do not know KD personally. I just get the sense that he loves to hoop over everything.
Does this mean we won't be right back here tomorrow with another "anonymous" source saying something insane in regards to the KD situation? Heavens no. In fact, I'm pretty sure you can bank on it happening. I guess the fun part is KD is so online that he actually responds to this stuff. I'm pretty sure this is the first and only thing he's refuted during this ENTIRE ordeal, which I find pretty interesting. I'll see everyone back here for tomorrow's bullshit!