The potential acquisition price Kevin Durant is not what matters most to the raptorsargues Scott Stinson of the National Post, who says determining whether Durant would be truly motivated and invested in playing for Toronto should be the most important factor for the team’s key decision makers.
As Stinson writes, Durant’s motivation to seek a trade to Brooklyn remains a bit unclear, especially since he just signed a four-year extension last August. This should be about the Vice President and President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiribecause negotiating for a superstar who might not be engaged or on the same page as the club could be disastrous, according to Stinson.
Draw parallels between the Ujiri trade for Kawhi Leonard in the 2018 offseason to Durant’s draw no longer makes sense, according to Stinson, because the situations are not similar.
Leonard was coming off an injury that saw him miss most of the 2017/18 season, had an expiring contract and the Raptors’ teams led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan had ample time to break through to the east, but could not pass james lebron. The Raptors finished second in the East within two years of Leonard’s departure from Toronto, so obviously the team stayed competitive and didn’t mortgage its future to acquire him, Stinson writes.
Durant, on the other hand, has four years left on his contract, so obviously it’ll cost a lot more to land him, and the current version of the Raptors is on the rise, with Rookie of the Year. Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr.and Precious Achiuwa among new additions who have made significant contributions to a team that improved their winning tally from 27 to 48. Stepping away from an emerging core only for Durant to balk at the idea of staying could put Toronto in a hole that would be hard to get out of, says Stinson.
Here’s more from the Atlantic:
- A lesser role in Celtics benefit to Malcolm Brogdon from a health point of view? “The knock on him coming out of college was that he had terrible kneesa rival general manager told Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com. “I mean, some of the exams were really suspect in terms of how long his lower body would be able to take the beatings of the NBA. That’s why he ended up going to the second round, because he was damn close to the red flag. So the point is, it’s probably better to come off the bench with limited minutes, try to make an impact in 18 than try to play 30 and still be injured. The question becomes how he will accept this.” Boston would view Brogdon as a sixth man, and he said shortly after the deal was announced that he was motivated to win a championship and was willing to sacrifice his individual stats for the good of the team. .
- De’Anthony Melton believes he is a “good choice” for the Sixers, writes Gina Mizell of The Philadelphia Inquirer (subscriber link). “Once I saw the team, I was like, ‘OK, this is a great place“Melton told The Inquirer by phone last week. “It is a very good choice for me. … I understand what this team needs. I understand what this team is trying to do. I am ready for the task at hand. I’m ready for whatever’s to come.” Melton was acquired from the Grizzlies in exchange for the No. 23 pick (David Roddy) and Danny Green in a draft day trade.
- Free signing agent Jalen Brunson was a solid decision for the Knicks but they still look like a game team on paper, believes Ian O’Connor of the New York Post. According to O’Connor, although Brunson is a good player and the best point guard the Knicks will employ for years, neither he nor RJ Barrett Where Julius Randle are capable of being the best – or second – players on a championship-caliber team, and unless something drastically changes, New York will start 2022/23 as “just another barely relevant club”.