“Magic Johnson… Paul Westhead left the Lakers in his third year in the NBA.”

Many NBA fans are unhappy with how Kevin Durant has handled his situation with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason. Durant Nets owner Joe Tsai has reportedly urged that he either trade him or fire head coach Steven Nash and general manager Sean Marks. Fox Sports’ Rob Parker is not surprised by Durant’s demands, as Magic Johnson did so early in his career.

In a recent episode of The Odd Couple podcast, Parker said Johnson wanted out of the LA Lakers in his third season if the Lakers didn’t fire coach Paul Westhead. Then-Lakers owner Jerry Buss sided with his superstar and fired Westhead.

“Magic Johnson was one of the most revered players in NBA history,” said Parker. “In his third year in the NBA, (Magic) had left Paul Westhead as head coach of the Lakers. … Where are all these people like, ‘Oh, Kevin Durant is the worst guy in the world.’”

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Parker also clarified that he does not defend Durant’s actions and claims, but that has long been the case in the NBA and in sports in general. He even cited the situation between Tom Brady and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians.

“I’m not defending Kevin Durant with all my imagination,” Parker explained. “This isn’t new, and I do agree with you (guest co-host Veejay Huskey), whether or not you write it, that as long as Bruce Arians was around, Tom Brady would step down. … This is the part of the NBA. It’s not new.”

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According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Durant and Tsai met over the weekend to discuss the former’s situation. Durant reportedly repeated his trade request, prompting Tsai to choose between him or Nash and Marks.

Kevin Durant linked with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant
Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant

When Kevin Durant requested a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, his favorite targets were the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns. The Golden State Warriors teased a reunion, but that never materialized. The Toronto Raptors also made an offer, but the Nets wanted Scottie Barnes.

It now appears that Durant could be eyeing the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, some people within the Sixers organization are interested in acquiring Durant. Begley noted that the Sixers will likely box and draft picks for Tyrese Maxey with Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle.

I’ve been told that Kevin Durant is still close to James Harden and would like to play with him and Joel Embiid as well as a few other teams, which is confirmed @IanBegleyBut I’ve been told the Sixers may not have enough for what Brooklyn is looking for in a trade. This will be fascinating to see https://t.co/VaRqmubhNd

Begley added that Durant can see himself playing for the Celtics. It was widely reported that Boston made an offer to the Nets two weeks ago. The Celtics offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first-round pick, but Brooklyn declined and demanded more.

Durant is still one of the best players in the league, but his injury history may have put off potential suitors. The Nets also have ridiculous demands on their superstar, which is understandable.

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