Stephen A. Smith Says Kevin Durant Isn't Going Anywhere, Addresses Ben Simmons' Return

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Ernesto Cova

The Brooklyn Nets are in everybody's mouths right now, but not for the best reason. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have single-handedly turned them into mayhem, and that won't stop until they're traded.

However, Stephen A. Smith believes it's time the owner takes charge. Instead of caving into his players' demands, they need to force them to deliver.

The Nets Need To Run It Back

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Smith claimed that Nets owner Joe Tsai doesn't have to do Durant any favors and that he should force him to honor at least one year of the massive contract he signed just months ago:

"I'm Joe Tsai. I've given you every damn thing you wanted," started Smith. "You could give me a championship run legitimately with all of y'all on the court together. Y'all only played about 29 games together. I mean, give me a break. I haven't gotten a return on my investment. And then you committed last summer to a 4-year, $198 million deal that came on top of the $164 million. That's what I paid you, and all I've got to show for it is one playoff victory because you wanna bounce?"

They Should Wait Another Year

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Smith thinks they can reach a compromise if Durant decides to stay for another year. Then, they could agree to trade him next season if things don't work out:

"We know that they can win it all. If you're Joe Tsai, this is your position. To hell with all that, you ain't going nowhere," Smith added. "Next summer, I will take care of you. I will take care of you and move you wherever you want to go. But you gonna give me this year. I got you four years! Everything that he wanted they gave him everything, everything. The point is you are not going anywhere."

Simmons Is Ready To Go

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Moreover, Smith also revealed that he buried the hatchet with Ben Simmons and that the former first-overall pick is finally ready to make his Nets debut:

"New flash here, I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a conversation. His personal business is his personal business. I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing, that's in the past. He's ready to go, he swears he's ready to go, and I'm rooting for the brother," Smith added.

What Will The Nets Do?

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The Nets can try to convince Durant to stay but risk him holding out or playing half-heartedly. They also have Kyrie and his unpredictable character to deal with, not to mention Ben Simmons' mental blocks and nagging back injuries.

So, they'll have to decide whether they have the stomach to deal with all that, or maybe it's time to hit the drawing board again and just cut ties with them.

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