Spurs got three picks in the first round for Dejounte Murray and the Jazz came out on top basically bring back the year for Rudy Gobert – set the bar for Kevin Durant. The Nets were looking for an Elon Musk-grade property in exchange for their star, who requested the transaction and they were able to receive it.
No, make them take it. The king’s return of the ransom to Durant would be superintendent Sean Marks’s one and only chance to salvage the dire situation, to make this an instant refit rather than a a long and arduous rebuilding process.
This situation essentially frozen much of the league, including the Nets, until it was decided what they would do with Kyrie Irving. It remains to be seen where the Nets will send Durant and how much they will get for him. The Jazz Bear is watching for the answer, both as a template for the choices the Nets could get and as a potential tripartite trading partner.
The Nets are said to be looking for a young All-Star at the heart of the deal, as well as a range of options. ESPN reports that not only did more than half of the teams in the league known as the Marks have proposals, but some even went back to raising their offers before receiving a response. It was an unusual situation, but the whole situation was an abnormal one.
Durant’s ilk player is usually not available. Durant asked to leave Brooklyn not only because of the horror movie with Irving, but also allegedly because he didn’t see enough infrastructure and leadership in the franchise, Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported on NBATV. But wanting to go out and going where he wants are two different things.
Durant has four years left on his contract and, surprisingly, there is no player selection or no-buy clause. That cut his leverage over picking a landing spot, and the volume of supply the Nets are getting will cut even more. They will likely decide on one of those offers before deciding where to trade Irving and his impending contract.
While the Nets will obviously work with Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman to find a suitable destination, Marks has proven to be unpopular and will ultimately make the most suitable offer for the organization. .
The cleanest and simplest moves might be to New Orleans (around Brandon Ingram and picks) or Toronto (based on Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes and picks). Raptors boss Masai Ujiri traded for Kawhi Leonard in 2018 and won the title the following season. What will he give in Durant’s four years?
There are glaring problems with Durant, Suns and Heat’s preferred teams, which could force a trade expansion involving one or two other teams. That’s no stranger to Marks, who won an NBA record for five teams.
The Nets couldn’t get the Heat’s best piece back, striker Bam Adebayo. The collective bargaining agreement would not allow them to buy a player under a designated rookie renewal stream, such as Adebayo, because they already have Ben Simmons in such a deal. (Remember that oddity in CBA. It will come up again. And again.)
And Durant is said to only want to play for Miami if he can join Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry, according to The Athletic.
The Nets were unable to get the Suns’ Devin Booker back and are said to be unenthusiastic about taking over Phoenix’s restricted free agency hub, Deandre Ayton, in a consignment deal. But Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports Utah is looking for a deal for Ayton to replace Gobert. Phoenix can then reroute incoming picks, along with their own Mikal and Cam Johnson Bridges.
But the Jazz could be relevant in another way, because superstar defender Donovan Mitchell.
After Utah gave up Mitchell’s lifelong best friend, Eric Paschall, the Nets traded it for his friend Royce O’Neale, and the Jazz traded it for Gobert, signaling that they were rebuilding. That might encourage Mitchell to ask for a trade. If that happens, it could tempt the Nets to move away from Simmons to make any tripartite deal over Mitchell.
It’s best to have a wet market for Irving. And because any deal for Durant is likely to be more complicated and certainly more important, the Nets intend to sort that out before sending Irving to the Lakers or anywhere else.