Durant to Stay with Nets; Holmgren Out for 2022-23 Season
Durant – Kevin Durant will stay with the Brooklyn Nets following a meeting with the club management. According to a statement from Nets manager Sean Marks and manager Rich Kleiman, over a discussion. This was involving head coach Steve Nash and team owners Joe and Clara Tsai, their future, and agreed to move forward with a clear focus. It was over the 33-year-old, 12-time NBA All-Star. The group also pledged to give a championship to Brooklyn in the future. Marks’ statement appears to end all speculations. It involves surrounding Durant’s future with Brooklyn. It got swept in the first round of this year’s playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
In June, Durant indicates that he wanted to be traded. Also, he is eager for a change of scenery. His demand came almost a year after he signed a four-year, USD198-million extension with the Nets. His sudden change of heart will definitely benefit Brooklyn’s campaign in the 2022-23 season. They seek to redeem themselves from a disappointing finish. Durant’s return to the Nets’ lair will give online NBA betting fanatics something to think about, as the big-time scorer would affect prop bets and spreads due to his ability to score.
Oklahoma City Rookie Holmgren Out for the Season
Meanwhile, second overall pick Chet Holmgren was declared out for the 2022-23 NBA season. This happened after suffering a right foot injury. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who picked Holmgren in the 2022 draft, said that the 7-foot center appeared to hurt the Lisfranc joint in the middle of his foot while guarding LeBron James in a pro-am event at Seattle. Thunder general manager Sam Presti expressed disappointment with the injury. However, he is optimistic that the young cager will recover for next season. Presti added that Holmgren would undergo rehabilitation to regain strength in his injured foot.
Holmgren, who averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game during his collegiate stint with Gonzaga, joins a list of rookies who missed their NBA debut due to injury. Some of them include Cameroonian center Joel Embiid and Australian guard Ben Simmons. Holmgren played in summer leagues for the Thunder and normed 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 4.0 blocks a game.
Oklahoma City hopes to improve on their 2021-22 mark of 24-58 win-loss in picking Holmgren in this year’s draft. But they will have to wait another year to witness the 7-footer’s ascent to the big leagues. The announcement about Holmgren will also make people bet against the Thunder in the coming NBA season as they remain a missing piece away from regaining the winning habit that they experienced during the era of Durant and Russell Westbrook. Online sportsbooks will again pick on OKC’s foes to gain a big wager in the coming season.
Haslem Coming Back for 20th Season with Miami
Old guard Udonis Haslem has signed a one-year, USD2.9-million deal to stay with the Miami Heat. It will be Haslem’s 20th year with the Heat to join the likes of Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki as one of the players that spent at least two decades with one franchise. Nowitzki played all of his 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, while Bryant played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 42-year-old forward is the longest-tenured player in Heat history. The contract he signed recently was his 11th with Miami.
Haslem averaged 7.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in his first 19 seasons with the Heat. In another development, veteran guard Patrick Beverley was traded from the Utah Jazz to the Lakers. This was in exchange for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson. Last season, Beverley helped Minnesota to secure a spot in the NBA playoffs. Beverley will be in the backcourt mix with Russell Westbrook for the Lakers as LeBron James and company try and return to the playoffs after missing out last season. Beverley was part of a five-player and five NBA Draft-pick package sent to the Jazz last month for French center Rudy Gobert.