Skip Bayless Predicts Kevin Durant Will Stay With The Nets

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Kevin Durant continues to steal all the headlines around the NBA. The Brooklyn Nets superstar wants a fresh start somewhere else and has let the organization know that he has no intention of suiting up for them ever again.

However, Durant still has four years left in his contract, meaning he's literally obliged to play for Brooklyn if they fail to find a trade offer that meets their asking price for his services.

Bayless Reaches Out To K.D.

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That's why controversial pundit Skip Bayless believes K.D. should just cut it out and realize that he's stuck in Brooklyn. Per Skip, there's just no way he gets out of the four years left on his contract:

"Kevin Durant: You can huff & puff & bluff all you want but your Nets owner won't fold. Maybe he'll replace Steve Nash for you. But you have 4 years left on your deal. Are you going to hold out? No. Play half-heartedly? No. You're going to be a Net next season, like it or not," Bayless tweeted.

Nets Owner Has Made A Stand

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However, Nets governor Joe Tsai has already let the world know that he's not going to cave into K.D.'s ultimatum. Durant asked him to choose between him or Steve Nash and Sean Marks, and Tsai didn't hesitate to share a blunt response:

"Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets," Tsai wrote.

K.D. Wants To Play In Boston Or Philadelphia

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So, as right as Skip is about Durant's contract situation, it doesn't seem likely that the Nets will decide to keep him against his will. With that in mind, Ian Begley of SNY has pointed out the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers as potential destinations for K.D.:

"Previous reports stated that the Suns were at or near the top of the list of teams Durant would like to be traded to," wrote Begley. "An offseason trade to Phoenix seems unlikely due to the DeAndre Ayton signing. So what happens now? Well, it’s worth noting that, in addition to Boston, Durant also sees Philadelphia as another welcome landing spot, per people familiar with the matter."

Nets Need To Make A Decision

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Still, the Nets are in no obligation to engage in talks with those teams and could choose to send him to the franchise that makes the highest bid for his services. They don't owe him anything and he doesn't have a no-trade clause on his contract.

So, it's not like the Nets should be in a rush to get a deal done. Nevertheless, the longer the way, the lower his value gets, as no one will overpay for a player that's going to be traded anyway.