Kevin Durant wishes to end his time with Brooklyn Nets in midst of his contract. He sent in a formal trade request around the draft night, and it’s been more than a month with no conclusive answer for his request. There were only rumors and trade discussions, but there has been little progress. By the looks of it, teams are having a hard time dealing with the Nets because of the level of return package they’re seeking. Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns were his preferred destinations, but Boston Celtics emerged as surprising favorites for KD’s services.
It’s also important that the player the Nets are trying to ship out has constantly been disgruntled when things get difficult. With that, ESPN’s Nick Wright pointed out why it’s almost impossible for Durant to get traded now. But still, there is hope for Durant to have a fresh start with a different franchise, as analyst Wright mentions some of the solutions.
Nick Wright provides his views on trade discussions around Kevin Durant, as the Celtics and Nets hold talks.
Kevin Durant seems frustrated with the situation. He even gave an ultimatum for his trade, which put the 2-time Finals MVP in a bad light. But Durant is adamant on the move and has no other demand as of now – a special team. Slim Reaper is one of the NBA’s best players right now. He is an unmatched scorer and has proven to be an all-time great. But irrespective of his on-court status, his off-court agendas have made him hard to deal with.
Nick Wright though provides insight into KD’s trade. He named teams like the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics as the only logical and possible trade partners at a given moment. But there is huge buzz regarding KD’s interest in reuniting with former teammate James Harden at the Philadelphia 76ers.
But 37-year-old analyst Wright dismissed the idea of the 76ers being a trade destination for the Nets’ megastar. “The Philly thing would be fun. They’d be overwhelming favorites. But I don’t think they can make the deal.”
But keeping bets on Boston Celtics, Wright commented, “Both sides are negotiating like jerks. Sean Marks saying, ‘My opening salvo is (Jayson) Tatum and (Jaylen) Brown.’ That makes me not call you for a month. That’s like, ‘OK, you’re being unserious. Stop it.’ The Celtics’ response being like, ‘I guess we’ll give you Jaylen Brown, and maybe we’ll throw in Payton Pritchard and one pick.’ Well, that’s not enough, either.”
Celtics made their intentions clear about Jayson Tatum being their franchise player and also wanting to keep hold on to their core, but they were ready to sacrifice Jaylen Brown n order to land KD. With a strong belief in KD’s capabilities, the Celtics might up the value, but at any cost, they won’t be giving away Jayson Tatum.
Right now, there seems to be a stalemate between the Nets and Durant. With the way, the Nets are being picky and with KD’s nearly impossible requests, no one knows if he’ll get traded soon. It is also rumored that KD might sit out for the whole season if he is not traded.