NBA Rumor: Nate Bjorkgren Firing

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The upbeat and positive reinforcement persona — the polar opposite of McMillan — played well during the interview process. One league executive with knowledge of Bjorkgren’s style called it “fake positivity” to IndyStar. Others drew similar conclusions, describing his delivery as awkward at best. As far back as December, in a shortened preseason, another league source with the team had raised red flags about Bjorkgren’s methods, as he coached from an iPad.

Bjorkgren’s rise has been attributed to being lucky more than qualified. He was in the right places at the right times. A native Iowan, like Nurse and Pacers GM Chad Buchanan, he received the benefit of any doubt because of those relationships, multiple league sources told IndyStar. His behavior differed toward those he saw as his equals or above him in rank, but he made sure those beneath him knew their place. This wasn’t evident to Pacers management during the season, a league source said. They did have trouble building a strong staff around Bjorkgren because he wasn’t connected and other assistants weren’t leaving their situations to join him.
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August 11, 2022 | 11:23 am EDT Update

Kevin Durant received eight-figure check from Nets the day after he requested trade

On June 30, Kevin Durant formally asked the Brooklyn Nets to trade him. On July 1, league sources say Durant was owed and received an eight-figure check from the Nets — one of two massive advance payments that the disgruntled superstar is scheduled to collect from Brooklyn by Oct. 1 while he’s also in the midst of lobbying the team to move him. If it wasn’t sufficiently audacious that Durant is demanding a trade before playing a single game under the four-year, $194 million contract extension he signed in August 2021, there’s even more to consider.
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August 11, 2022 | 2:12 am EDT Update

Robert Williams not available in potential trade involving Kevin Durant

There’s good reason for pessimism, Durant’s ultimatum to Nets owner Joe Tsai did not light a fire under trade talks. If anything, it made it far less likely a deal gets done in the short term. — why would Boston improve its offer now? It robbed the Nets of leverage. For example, Brooklyn was trying to get Boston to put Smart in the trade, but why would they even consider it now? That said, even without Smart (or Robert Williams III, sources told NBC Sports he is not available), a Celtics offer with Jaylen Brown may be the best one the Nets will see.