Just when you thought the free agent period of 2022 would be an Ambien pill, the Brooklyn Nets soap opera has returned to inject an adrenaline needle to the vein.
Only three day after Kyrie Irving blew her own ticking time bomb by choosing to stay netKevin Durant chose to clear your way out. The Nets’ latest soap opera episode kicked off Thursday with a mundane storyline in which the Nets acquired Utah Jazz Defensive Bar, Royce O’Neal. However, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, The Nets are in the process of reaching a commercial request that Durant made for owner Joseph Tsai.
Earth-shaking news recently day after Kyrie Irving decided to opt in and commit to the Nets for one more season. In retrospect, his vow to fulfill his 4-year commitment to the Nets may have been an act of passive aggression in Durant’s direction.
When Durant chose to affiliated with Irving in Brooklyn, Howard Beck of Bleacher Report published a column explaining Durant’s decision.
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“Durant is fed up with the Golden State persistent drama, even in the lead Combatant to two consecutive championships. What some found refreshing about the Warriors – their big personalities, their outspokenness in matters on and off the court – Durant found distracting. He wanted a team that put basketball above all else.”
The optimistic view then was that Irving and Durant’s sincere friendship would soften their destructive tendencies. Any realist understands this is always the end of these two. When they were on the field together, sparks flew. In 2021, they made one of the most effective fouls in NBA history.
But off the field, they kept coming dangerously close to exploding. Irving’s focus on basketball has always been fragile. One Lat, he only focuses on basketball and the next time he burned down, losing two…weekdays, takes a tough stance against a COVID vaccine even if it means getting his teammates fired. The shocking thing is that it was Durant who pulled the pin on the Nets grenade.
When Durant is tradedit will be his fourth team in six years. So where will Durant’s trip take him? The landscape is too fertile for Durant to make that difficult to determine, although Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes has reported that Durant’s preferred destination will be the Phoenix Suns.
Durant’s interest made restricted free agent Deandre Ayton a leading signing and trading candidate. Phoenix needs a lifeline this season. Their unwillingness to sign Ayton with a five-year, $177 million extension or match the four-year, $131 million deal other teams could sign him puts them in a tough spot. With their tight championship chances, Phoenix will do whatever it takes to place Durant between Devin Booker, the defensive pincer Mikal Bridges and Chris Paul as soon as possible. Nets can claim the Bridge as a sacrifice, but it’s one of those Suns that will generate in a hot second.
Portland Blazers . Trail lobbied hard for Durant. Don’t be surprised if Mayor Ted Wheeler holds a live press conference to attract KD to their title-The city is haunted by starving hoops. Portland has the best selection formula and young talent to sacrifice for the Altar of Durant while maintaining a roster deep enough to compete. They can throw many firsts, Anfernee Simons and Shaedon Sharpe in Brooklyn’s direction and both teams can be satisfied. The Blazers may fight to keep Simons, but if it turns out to be a saboteur, his bag will be packed for him.
Lakers makes sense on paper. Durant joining LeBron will be The ultimate mashup. For years, they beat it as the top 2 players of the league. Both have stumbled from their peaks, but their peaks are so high, that they’re consistently in the top 5 players when they’re at their worst. From the perspective of the Brooklyn Nets, 29-year-old Anthony Davis may have enough juice left in his tank become an all-NBA champion in 5 years. His porcelain bones will always be a concern but when he is healthy, he iselite n, bidirectional velocity.
Miami gets the cold shoulder from Jalen Brunson today after he signed a 4-year, $110 million contract with the Knicksbut put himself in Durant’s discussions.
However, Heat does not own a-pick the round until 2024 and can’t drop the first time in a row because BILLIONhe StCHEAP epicule, this prevents teams from having first picks in consecutive drafts. For Brooklyn to surrender to a player of Durant’s caliber, they will likely demand Bam Adebayo. The Nets won’t be allowed to swap Durant for Adebayo because of a confusing rule that prevents teams from having two players purchased through a trade while they’re on a Designated Rookie Renewal contract. After trading for Ben Simmons on the trade deadline, the only way Adebayo can be achieved on the Nets is if Simmons is traded. It’s not out of the question, but unlikely since his trading stock is in the basement.
However, where there is a will there is a way. NBA executives have written a book about overcoming corporate loopholes, but only because they can doesn’t mean they should.
The two hubs that will be the focus of the Nets lineup for the next few years also have problems when Embiid and Simmons rush into rush-hour traffic in the highlands. However, one three-group transactions where Durant is Departure to Miami, Bam transferred to another team, those who traded their superstar for Brooklyn will be able to fit in Miami and Brooklyn. Finding that third team is easier said than done.
The Nets will have a pile of options to consider. Ultimately, wherever Durant ends up going will increase the value of the tournament.