“KD forcing trade 4 YEARS LINKS on $194M contract is bad” Skip Bayless explains why Kevin Durant’s move gives NFL contracts more credibility than NBA

The Kevin Durant controversy has Skip Bayless questioning the NBA's image
The Kevin Durant controversy has Skip Bayless questioning the NBA’s image

Do players have more control over where they will play than the teams they are connected to? Seems so ever since Kevin Durant’s trade request away from Brooklyn led Skip Bayless to question the general validity of NBA contracts. The Brooklyn Nets had one of their most nightmarish seasons of disasters on and off the field when the Nets were swept off their feet by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, ending their disappointing season and a disastrous postseason well below previous season’s hopes and expectations .

Tangled in their own webs, the Brooklyn Nets are being laughed at and berated for the atrocious season they’ve endured. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant spearheaded that disappointment and ridicule, star leaders of a club that on paper could have reached the final.

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

Last January, they brought in James Harden to the existing duo of Kyrie Irving and KD. This year they were forced to trade him as they fell from the No. 2 seed to barely a play-in spot and were swept in the first round. All of this has had people questioning the Brooklyn duo’s future, and things don’t seem so rosy

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“But that’s how business is done in the NBA now” – Skip Bayless is unfazed by the power of players over their contracts after Kevin Durant’s Trade News

Skip Bayless
Skip Bayless

This offseason is already proving to be a wild ride as Kyrie decides to go for his $36.5M player option for the 2022-23 season, delaying his free agency for another year. However, his teammate and supposedly good friend Kevin Durant is already looking at other options. KD is one of those rare players who Skip Bayless rarely criticizes, aside from the occasional gossip, but this situation got him thinking about how players can influence a team’s management to endorse their decision rather than commit to a contract to bind.

KD, entering the first year of his $194 million contract with the Nets, didn’t let him hesitate in making a transfer request directly to the owner of the Brooklyn franchise, and Kyrie’s op-in option certainly played a part in that this dramatic sequence of events. But that’s the kind of impact a player of his caliber can have on management now that we’re not witnessing this for the first time. James Harden a few months ago with the Nets.

Skip Bayless, one of the most popular game analysts in the NBA and NFL, believes this makes the NFL a more fascinating sport. While the power imbalance is shocking, the players’ ability to choose where they want to play gives them more freedom to express themselves on the pitch.

The Brooklyn Nets were knocked out of the NBA playoffs by the championship-contending Boston Celtics when they defeated the Nets 4-0 in the series. Since then, life hasn’t been easy for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as they’ve been under constant scrutiny from the media and fans alike. Durant tried to start his own super team in Brooklyn, but the plan hit a snag this season.

Irving and Durant joined the Nets in the summer of 2019 in what has been an era of disappointment and untapped potential so far. The Nets’ Big 3, consisting of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, played just 16 games together, making it difficult to concede their names in full. Durant missed a quarter of this season with a knee injury, Irving missed almost two-thirds by refusing to get vaccinated and Harden requested a trade that brought back Ben Simmons, who still hasn’t played a game.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in action against the Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in action against the Cavaliers

The whole scenario surrounding the team was extremely unsettling considering how much hype was created around them to make a title run once they had a full roster, but it was a hundred and eighty. The Nets are now in danger of losing all of their “Big 3” superstars without even making the conference finals.

It’s certainly a triple-double of trouble, trouble and more trouble for the Nets as they face many issues financially and technically. From finding a way for the team to break through the low points and win a championship, the team must also take care of the business side of things and ensure they can continue to provide financial support to the franchise to remain competitive in the future. As for Kyrie and KD, the future looks uncertain as we look forward to seeing how the story unfolds, although this won’t be the last tirade Skip Bayless has delivered about Kevin Durant.

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