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Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai has pledged his support of the coaching staff and front office after Kevin Durant reportedly demanded that the team trade him or fire head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks

Tsai took to Twitter on Monday, saying, “Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

Durant’s ultimatum is apparently a result of his lack of faith in the team’s direction, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported earlier Monday. The 33-year-old is firm in his stance, Charania adds.

The former MVP requested a trade at the end of June following a disappointing season that ended in a first-round exit. Little was known at the time about his reasons for the decision.

The Nets have reportedly had discussions with nearly every team in the league in hopes of getting a historic package of players and draft picks in return for Durant. Brooklyn reportedly proposed a trade with the Toronto Raptors involving Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes and talked about a deal with the Boston Celtics that would include star Jaylen Brown.

The Raptors, Celtics, and Miami Heat are seen as the most likely trade destinations for Durant, sources told Charania.

The Nets aim to take “every last asset” from their trade partner in any deal for Durant, according to Charania.

Nash, a Hall of Fame point guard, has been at the helm of the Nets for two seasons. It is his first job in professional coaching. Meanwhile, Marks has held the position of general manager since 2016 after being an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs.

Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks signed an extension with the club in early July, sources told Kristian Winfield of the Daily News.

The duration of Marks’ new deal isn’t clear, though it comes as the franchise navigates one of its most turbulent offseasons in recent memory headlined by Kevin Durant‘s reported desire to leave after just three seasons.

Marks’ extension was reportedly agreed upon after Durant requested a trade. Durant’s business manager Rich Kleiman confirmed on June 30 that the 34-year-old wanted to leave the Nets.

Marks, 46, joined the front office in February 2016, initially signing a four-year deal. In his first full season in charge in 2016-17, the Nets finished last in the East at 20-62 but won 28 and 42 games, respectively, in the following two seasons, snapping a three-year postseason drought in 2019.

The New Zealand-born executive rebuilt the Nets during his tenure, beginning with his hiring of Kenny Atkinson as head coach in 2016. That same year, he acquired the draft rights to Caris LeVert and signed both Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie as free agents, with all three, among others, playing significant roles in the team’s rebuild. His most significant additions came in the summer of 2019, during which he landed both Durant and Kyrie Irving as free agents.

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Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks made a huge splash Thursday, acquiring former MVP James Harden in a three-team blockbuster deal.

The Nets executive says there’s no correlation between his decision to pull the trigger on the trade and Kyrie Irving’s extended hiatus, adding that the star point guard is looking forward to rejoining the club.

“Kyrie’s absence and the personal issues he’s dealing with has nothing to do with us going after and attaining James Harden. … I have talked to Kyrie so I know he’s excited about getting back on the court with his teammates as soon as possible,” Marks said, courtesy of SNY.

Irving has missed Brooklyn’s last five games due to personal reasons. His return will depend on the NBA’s investigation into recently surfaced clips that show the former No. 1 pick at a large gathering without a mask.

The league could penalize Irving if the footage is found to have occurred during his absence from the team. Harden was fined $50,000 earlier this season for violating the NBA’s health and safety protocols but avoided a suspension.

Whenever Irving returns to the fold, Marks believes his new Big Three won’t allow egos to get in the way of their championship pursuit.

“They’ve said they want to play together,” Marks said, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. “They can see this fitting. I think they understand there’s going to be nights where one or two needs to sacrifice for the other. I think they’re all looking for that common goal to be the last team standing.”

In hiring Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as the team’s head coach Thursday, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks believes he’s installed a leader who fits what star players Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are looking for on the sidelines.

“They wanted a great communicator,” Marks told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “They wanted someone they would respect. …

“A lot of this relationship will be built off the court. A lot of what I know of Steve is as the ultimate communicator. That’s what the guys asked for … a communicator … and that’s what they got.”

Nash and Durant have a prior professional relationship, of course; after Nash’s playing career ended in 2013-14, the 46-year-old worked as a player development consultant with Durant’s former team, the Golden State Warriors.

Owing to his stature as a two-time MVP and his reputation as one of the great on-court leaders of his generation, Nash should have little trouble connecting with his players in Brooklyn, according to his former boss in Golden State.

“Steve Nash has the ability to walk out onto the court and earn the immediate respect of Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or Klay Thompson – and there aren’t too many people in the world who can do that,” Warriors president Bob Myers told Wojnarowski. “More than that, though, he can communicate with them effectively and efficiently.”

Although Kevin Durant did not meet with the Brooklyn Nets or inform them of his decision before announcing his intent to join the team, he soon made it clear to the organization how they’d managed to secure his services.

“He said a couple things,” Nets general manager Sean Marks explained on WFAN’s “Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts” show Tuesday. “‘I love the system. I love how you guys play. I see how hard you guys play. You were never out of games. We could never take you guys lightly.’ That was one of the first things (Durant) said. ‘If we were up 10 with two minutes to go, we knew that didn’t mean anything about Brooklyn.’ That’s a real credit to the competitive environment that (Nets coach) Kenny (Atkinson) has brought.”

In his third season with the team, Atkinson coached his roster of cast-offs, understated veterans, and low draft picks to a 42-40 record and produced the team’s first playoff appearance since 2015.

Marks said the entire organization “has to change slightly” and learn from its new crop of veteran free agents, which also includes Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, and Garrett Temple.

“But I can assure you, Kenny is not going to be anything different than who Kenny is,” Marks added. “That’s who he is. People expect that. And the great thing is when Kyrie, and KD, and DJ, and Garrett all came in here, they knew what to expect. They knew what Kenny is and they talked about it, and they said they loved the emotion he showed.”

The Brooklyn Nets have rebuilt their reputation around the NBA due in large part to the work of general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson.

It seems to have paid off handsomely, as superstar Kevin Durant committed to the Nets on Instagram before he even spoke or met with the team, Marks said Tuesday, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Durant’s acquisition was officially announced over the weekend, and he underwent a full evaluation with Nets doctors and performance staff on Monday. Marks didn’t provide a timeline for Durant’s recovery from a ruptured Achilles suffered during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Bondy adds.

Despite the serious injury, Brooklyn’s medical team remained undeterred, and when questioned by Marks, unanimously agreed that the club should commit to a max contract for the free agent.

“That was a pretty moving moment,” Marks told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix. “When you know there’s a group of young men and women that are here saying, ‘Hell, we can’t wait for that challenge. We cannot wait to sacrifice whatever it takes to get (Durant) out on the court again, and probably prove people wrong.’

“Again, it’s that sort of chip on your shoulder. Kenny and I talk about it a lot, players having that. But I think it’s also important that your entire organization has something to prove.”

Under the leadership of Marks and Atkinson, Brooklyn has gone from bottom-dweller to playoff contender. The club won 20 games during the pair’s first full season in charge in 2016-17. This past campaign, the Nets grabbed the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and posted a 42-40 regular-season record – a 22-win improvement from their first season under the new regime.

“I think from our standpoint is we stand true to who we have been for three years,” Marks told reporters, including ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “Competing and playing hard and playing unselfish basketball. The product on the court speaks for itself.

“Guys … want to play here. They want to play in that system.”

Durant was arguably the postseason’s top performer before succumbing to injury. He averaged an NBA-leading 32.3 points on 51.4 shooting from the field – including a 43.8 percent clip from distance.

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Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Frank Zanin announced Monday that he has resigned his post in the team’s front office.

“I would like to thank the Brooklyn Nets for allowing me to be a part of their organization for the past six years,” Zanin wrote on Twitter. “After speaking with (general manager) Sean (Marks) this morning I have decided to step down from my position of assistant GM. This will allow Sean to fill out his staff and give me a chance to pursue other opportunities.”

Zanin was retained by the Nets when then-GM Billy King was reassigned within the organization in January, and took over the management of day-to-day basketball operations until Marks was hired just after the All-Star break, some six weeks after King’s ouster.

Marks hired Trajan Langdon as assistant GM last month, but at the time said nothing about Zanin’s status, explaining only that he wanted to expand the Nets’ front office.