“My approach to this game for 14 years that I’ve been in the league is to play hard and [give] 100 percent of whatever I have,” Pachulia said in response to Popovich on Monday after practice. “So, I don’t agree with the calls that I’m a dirty player. I’m not a dirty player. I love this game and I’m playing hard. That’s what I was taught since Day 1.”
June 30, 2022 | 3:30 pm EDT Update
Sam Amick: Source close to the situation tells @TheAthletic that the Nets are expected to keep Ben Simmons. Some had rightfully wondered if there would be a ripple effect here on the 25-year-old’s Nets future.
Jon Beauchamp then parlayed that success into an offer to join the NBA G League Ignite in their second season. He quickly climbed up draft boards with the Ignite and solidified himself as a first-round pick. “It is a blessing to be in a winning situation and a winning team because I’m a winner,” Beauchamp said this week. “I want to win, too. I’m excited to learn and grow with this team. I feel like I can flourish with this team because I’m a faster learner and I want to learn. I was super excited when I got drafted here.”
June 30, 2022 | 3:13 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Phoenix and Miami are among two of the teams that Kevin Durant has on his wish list, sources tell ESPN, but the Nets plan to move Durant where they can get the best possible deal. With four years on his contract, there’s no shortage of teams willing to unload assets for Durant.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had no contact with the franchise after Irving opted into his deal on Monday, and a sense of inevitability existed that Durant would eventually ask for a trade, sources tell ESPN. It happened today.
Tony Jones: Royce O’Neale to Brooklyn for a first had been building momentum for multiple days, according to sources. The Jazz need future trade capital. The Nets took him with an exception. Now the Jazz have a bunch of open roster spots.