Over the past week, the general belief has been that the Nets would want to move Kevin Durant first, then Kyrie Irving, but on Wednesday Adrian Wojnarowski suggested the Spurs could help the Nets and Lakers get a deal.
Meanwhile, Brian Windhorst reported that the Nets are “not thrilled” with the offers they’ve received so far for Durant and that the league knows KD wants the Phoenix Suns. Still, Woj held out hope to Nets fans that “people are changing their minds, changing their course,” referring to Durant’s trade demand.
“I think that’s another consideration Brooklyn has to take into whether it’s positive or negative to move Kyrie Irving before Kevin Durant or after Kevin Durant,” Woj said of an Irving trade. on NBA today. “The market is certainly very different for Kevin Durant than for Kyrie Irving.
“The Nets have spoken with the Lakers and I believe there’s been some back and forth, some communication. You look at where there’s cap space right now and a team like San Antonio could be a facilitator in this moment in, say, a Russell Westbrook deal for Kyrie Irving between the teams. They have the cap space. Now you have to incentivize them at a pretty high level and I think it’s the Lakers will to incentivize a deal with multiple draft picks. I think that’s part of the reason the deal hasn’t gone through yet.”
“That could always change,” he continued. “Rob Pelinka and Sean Marks are in Vegas this week moving forward. I’m sure they’ll have conversations there, but I think that’s part of the equation for Brooklyn is again, is- this… do they handle the Kevin Durant deal first and then re-examine that? Then there’s the motivation of the Lakers. They looked at other offers. They continued, I know, to watch Eric Gordon at Houston. He’s definitely a player they’re interested in. Buddy Hield at Indiana … the Lakers are certainly watching the market, but there’s no doubt Kyrie Irving is one of them.
Woj didn’t go into specifics, but it appears he’s suggesting that Westbrook and his expiring $47.1 million contract would end up at San Antonio and Irving and his expiring $36.5 million contract would end up in San Antonio and Irving. would end up in Los Angeles. Spurs are in the midst of a rebuild after sending two of their best players, Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker IV. What the Nets would receive was not said.
In a later discussion on NBA today, Woj and Windhorst explained that the Nets have yet to reach a deal they would like for Durant, with Woj even suggesting that things could change by the end of September. Asked by Malika Andrews if there was a chance that KD would be at Nets training camp at the end of September, Woj replied that it was possible.
“Absolutely, especially if it drags on and there’s no deal made next month and it happens in August and training camp. They don’t have to accept a deal that they They don’t want to do. They don’t have to convince themselves of a deal but at the same time, Kevin Durant, he’s looking at the situation. Could he look at it differently over time. That’s definitely a possibility.
“And I think if you’re Kevin Durant and you start looking at the teams you might want to land on and what those teams might look like after having to offload so many assets. I think that’s why there’s no urgency in this process and I think there might be a time when there’s better communication between Kevin Durant and Brooklyn and Kevin Durant and maybe to be that it could have an impact on the idea of his return but no one is counting on it.
“I think all parties are proceeding as if Durant would be traded at some point, but because of the years left on his contract – four years on this contract – the fact that it’s the offseason, things can change, they can evolve, no doubt,” Woj noted.
“Maybe the Nets go to Durant with a trade and tell him there’s a trade we’re about to make, and he looks and says maybe I’d like to stay here. Now he has no say Brooklyn could move on I think there are a lot of scenarios where Kevin Durant is moved but yeah there are scenarios where he could stay because people change They change their minds, change course.
“The thing is he’s under contract and they still have a very talented, deep team in Brooklyn which when you look at it against other teams in the league should be with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving playing at a high level. should believe they can play with anyone.
“From what I understand, I don’t think the Nets are still thrilled with the others they got for Durant,” Windhorst said. “I don’t think that’s a good take considering they’re reassessing where they are. I think the reason is this: It’s somewhat known in the NBA that Durant would rather go to the Phoenix Suns offer. and the Suns, what they have to offer right now just isn’t that interesting for Brooklyn. Brooklyn is interested in other things. That’s why Woj and others talk about needing a third or fourth team in a deal.
“So if you’re a team like the Raptors, for example, that we’ve heard about that has interest and has had discussions with Brooklyn, the bar you have to cross is not the expectations of the Nets. , that’s what the offer comes from the Suns. So I don’t think the premium deals that I think a lot of us in the media sometimes skipped like “Team A could offer this to the Nets and we list like four or five nice players and assets, trades and choices and stuff. They don’t often come out the door like that.
Instead, Windhorst said, it’s a much more complicated dance with early offers unlikely to be anything close to what the other side, in this case the Nets, wants. He said the process often takes a while.
“There are two things that we often see,” he told Andrews. “First, they tend to take time. Sometimes they don’t happen in the first week of July especially when commercial demand comes in late and secondly they are often not for transport which we often have early in the beginning.
Specifically, Windhorst talked about a potential Raptors package for Durant.
“Especially when it comes to the Raptors, I would refer you to the Kawhi Leonard trade in 2018. The Raptors and Masai Ujiri, their team president, pretty much outlasted the market on this. Their offer, while it contained DeMar DeRozan, a great player, their offer that Spurs eventually accepted was lower than we thought for Kawhi Leonard. So it wouldn’t surprise me if Masai Ujiri stuck to that same formula and tried to wait for the Nets to come out and that’s what we’re in right now, the wait.
Kendrick Perkins agreed, saying it may not have been posturing, that teams valued their young stars more than Durant.
“The league and a lot of general managers appreciate these young rising stars that they have. We talk about KEVIN DURANT, it’s very interesting for me and a wake-up call.” he said, referring to reports that Scottie Barnes may be missing from the table at the moment. “The fact that Masai says Scottie Barnes is not in this commercial package speaks volumes to me.”
Perkins also said that while there is no deadline and the Nets suggest they could wait, teams and players are starting practices and ties right now.