Network owners and GM know that they will be a “tax team”.


From the moment the Nets added Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the assumption was that they were destined for luxury tax areas, and everything they did confirmed that assumption. Now both owner Joe Tsai and GM Sean Marks have recognized this accomplished fact.

"Absolutely. I think fans expect us to win a championship. And the good thing is that I think we have the parts," said Tsai in an interview that aired on YES Network.

"Now we have some injuries and people are coming back. But the basic elements are in place to maybe go all the way. So I am absolutely certain that it is okay if we pay the luxury tax. "

Marks went one step further.

"We'll be a tax team," Marks told ESPN before the Nets lost to jazz between 118 and 107 on Tuesday night. "We are married to it. There are a limited number of times and ways you can continue to add to your team. Do it better now. You get ready for a run. "

While the networks are $ 5.5 million below the ceiling, this will change. The threshold for next season is expected to be $ 143 million. It is said to be $ 139.6 million.

Joe Tsai and Sean Marks
Joe Tsai and Sean MarksUPI; Getty Images

This takes up Garrett Temple and Theo Pinson's options, but before you sign a contract with future free agent Joe Harris, which is respected by both the coaching staff and the front office, and likely due to a notable increase.

After coach Kenny Atkinson and agent / business partner Rich Kleiman talked glowingly about Kevin Durant's rehab, the striker talked to fans about his recovery.

Durant participated in a Twitter Q&A with fans on his boardroom platform on Tuesday, and of course he was asked about his Achilles injury.

"It gets better every day, but it is good to be patient," Durant tweeted.

Durant had an Achilles tendon in June when he played for Golden State in the NBA final. When asked what was the hardest thing about the recovery process, he implied the monotony and absence of the game.

"Only everyday life, on some days I get angry about how slow the process is, on some days I miss playing, on some days I want to do more than I am allowed to do," he wrote. "Then there's the physical side, lifting weights and getting used to exercise after 6 months …"

Jarrett Allen had only eight points and two boards, just too shy of Rudy Gobert.

"It's a big challenge for Jarrett," said Atkinson. “He did a great job in Utah. he was much more aggressive. If you don't face Rudy aggressively – you think about it or hesitate – he will block you, he will block your shot.

“The more aggressive the player is, the more aggressive the team is. That was Utah all along the line, I just have to call it what it is. "