First, Kevin Durant's trade demand has reversed the entire NBA world. Now it has put the league on hold.
With more than half of the NBA teams contacting the net with trade packages, the enthusiasm of regular free agencies is slowing down. The league is basically a retention pattern as Nets general manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai screen out all the suggestions that will underlie the upcoming reconstruction process and fans have begun to pay attention to names such as Donovan Mitchell. It is in. After three years oftolerating the wishes of
DurantandKyrie Irving, Nets finally remained strong. They said they didn't give Irving a full extension, and Durant wasn't pleased when Adam Harrington, the director of player development who had a close relationship with Durant from the days he spent together in Oklahoma City, was released. Has been done.
Still, Durant was devoted to Nets until the end.
"People trapped in it Jim with me knows what it is, they know what I am about. "Durant tweeted on Saturday. "If you weren't with me, ask around."
Sports Illustrated's Robin Lundberg said on Twitter to Durant, who has been silent since Thursday when trade demand rocked the franchise. In the reply, I wrote as follows. : "This is ambiguous and doesn't deal with anything directly. We all know that you are a great basketball player."
Durant who has never seen Twitter beef Answered, "What do you want to deal with?"
Lundberg rattled many questions. If so, why? Was Killy a trading breaker for you? If you want to trade, do you expect to choose your destination? thank you! "
Durant replied," Keep dreaming of Robin Lumao, "and there was no further explanation.
But in reality, Durant's trade demand is not a laugh for Nets. The remaining four years of his contract ensure that Nets will make a lot of money, but the team's era as a title candidate ended with the departure of Durrants.
Durant is reportedly preferred to trade in Miami or Phoenix, but if Heat doesn't have the ability or tendency to include Bam Adebayo, it's hard to imagine putting together the best offer on their own. It Is difficult. Marks is expected to choose the best package for the net, not the best locale for Durant.
Nets works with Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman rather than Irving, but seems to be reluctant to be taken hostage by them.
Sands and 76ers are believed to have made solid proposals, but the Raptors and Pelicans may be able to put together the cleanest packages without the need for a third or fourth team in the deal. Maybe.
Both teams manage the first draft topic seven years from now. The Raptors were able to build trade around Scottie Barnes, and the Pelicans were able to offer Brandon Ingram. They also have Zion Williamson, but if he inks the designated rookie extension agreed on Saturday (according to ESPN), he can't trade to Nets as long as Ben Simmons is on the roster.
Other stars in that category include Mitchell, Adebayo, Karl-Anthony Towns, Michael Porter Jr., Jayson Tatum, and Darius Garland (he agreed with him). Suppose you signed it).
Athletic reported that Nets sought Towns or Anthony Edwards in response to interest from Timberwolves. This means that we may accept the idea of moving Simmons. If so, it will also open the door to jazz Mitchell.
Mitchell is a 25-year-old New Yorker who has long been coveted by Knicks. He played AAU balls in both the City Hawks and the Riverside Hawks and grew up around the Mets clubhouse. His father, who gave his name, was the team's longtime player relations director. Mitchell has been ubiquitous in Citi Field for the past few weeks, including Saturday.
Marks and Tsai will not rush the process. Durant Trade is the only shot to anticipate difficult reconstruction. However, after the July 4th weekend (Durant announced a move from Thunder to the Warriors on July 4th, 2016), all league GMs will land in Las Vegas for the summer league. , The market may be unfrozen soon.
According to Hoopshype, Nets has canceled Kessler Edwards' qualifying offer. Edwards will be a restricted free agent, but Nets has his non-bird rights and is still in talks with the 21-year-old forward.