There has been no movement on the Kevin Durant trade front since everything went down late last week. There are numerous reasons why that is, but the most obvious is that there's no rush. Durant demanded his trade hours before free agency, and now that the initial rush is over all the NBA teams are settling in for a long summer of negotiation with the Brooklyn Nets. KD will likely end up somewhere else by next season if his stance doesn't change, but given his four-year contract the Nets aren't going to be hasty and neither are all the other teams, who probably believe they can wait out the Nets and get a better deal.
Since it is July and the KD trade story is the most interesting in sports right now, it took center stage for Tuesday's edition of NBA Today on ESPN. Kendrick Perkins took a unique angle on the situation and basically said the request isn't real and that KD is only asking as a scare tactic to help Kyrie Irving create leverage.
Perkins has a good point about the timing of the trade request making no sense. KD knows as well as anybody that he has no leverage due to the extension he signed last offseason that doesn't have a no-trade clause. The only way he can force the Nets to get rid of him if nobody is willing to give up a grandfather offer that the franchise cannot refuse is causing a huge stink by either sitting out or showing up out of shape and playing less than he's capable of, AKA the James Harden strategy.