NBA Rumors: One Exec Says Durant Could Pull Unprecedented Move To Avoid Playing For Nets

This certainly does sound a little over the top, but according to NBA Insider Marc Stein, "one of the most well-connected team executives" says Kevin Durant's refusal to ever play again for the Brooklyn Nets runs seriously deep. How deep?

Stein wrote: "One of the most well-connected team executives I speak to regularly insisted to me that, based on what he was hearing, Kevin Durant was more apt to retire than play again for the Brooklyn Nets. This was in early July."

Now, although Stein calls the idea of retirement for Durant "hyperbole", he does admit that a training camp holdout is becoming a more and more plausible reality. 

"If Durant hasn't been traded by then," continued Stein, "there is a growing expectation in league circles that he will continue trying to cause as much of a ruckus behind the scenes to try to prod the Nets into lowering their asking price at last to facilitate a deal."

Stein adds that Phoenix, Miami, Boston and Philadelphia remain his preferred landing spots. 

Durant is going into Year 1 of a 4-year, $198M extension he signed with the Nets last year, and according to Stein, he'll continue to push for a trade "no matter what it does to his reputation."

As for the retirement rumor, KD himself has been reading twitter and had an announcement later in the day:

"If it’s anyone out there that’ll listen, I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon," wrote Durant. "Shit is comical at this point." The question is, who is the joke really on?