Kevin Durant’s trade request is a good move, according to analyst Colin Cowherd, who said KD rolled the dice with Brooklyn and it didn’t work out. After leaving Golden State for the Nets in 2019, Durant attempted to assemble his own team and try to lead his own championship run. As Kyrie Irving and James Harden failed to produce for him, Durant asked for a trade.
“He deserves to be surrounded by committed people. (Phoenix Suns guard) Chris Paul is engaged. … (Miami Heat team president) Pat Riley is hired. (Head Coach) Erik Spoelstra is engaged. (Heat standout) Jimmy Butler is engaged. This is the kind of team you need.”
Analyst Says Kevin Durant Makes Right Decision Leaving Brooklyn
Kevin Durant’s decision to seek a trade to Brooklyn comes as Kyrie Irving opted for his $36.5 million player option next season with the Nets. While Irving’s decision doesn’t lock him into the team permanently, it does seem to indicate that Irving intended to stay in Brooklyn.
Cowherd said Durant’s 2019 decision to join the Nets was a no-brainer:
“Hey, he rolled the dice, went to Brooklyn, didn’t like it, said it a million times. But there’s no reason to feel guilty. Pass. We all make mistakes. Kevin Durant with Phoenix, Kevin Durant with Miami, that’s what I’m talking about, he deserved it.
Durant left Golden State to try something new, and it didn’t work out. It happens to players of all levels of the game, even the most elite. As a result, Cowherd believes Durant has earned his right to join an elite company with a reliable coach.
Although KD already had those two things at Golden State, he left to try to make a name for himself. After his championships with the Warriors were marred by claims he had been chasing a title, he left.
Unfortunately for him, the Nets didn’t work out. The big three have had very little playing time together.
Irving has played just 103 of 226 games in three seasons. James Harden struggled with chemistry and injuries before forcing a trade in February. Durant missed the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles tendon injury and played in 35 of 72 games in 2020-21 (mostly due to a hamstring issue). Last season he was limited to 55 games due to a knee injury.
After Harden was traded to Philadelphia, he was criticized by fans who said he was looking for a trophy instead of staying loyal. But James seemed to have noticed something during the season.
Joining a new team alongside MVP contender Joel Embiid, Harden played his part and adapted relatively well.
Durant may have seen this happening, and how many gaps there are in Brooklyn, as a sign to move on. As the Elites continue to age, their patience for team building and developing chemistry is wearing thin. KD and Irving don’t have the luxury of waiting on a team for this to develop.
The Brooklyn experiment didn’t work out, and as a result, the two seek a change of scenery. Cowherd said there was no fault.
Staying true to a team that hasn’t proven reciprocity isn’t a player’s job. This is especially true for a player like Durant, who does what he wants, when he wants.
Teams like the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns are great options for Durant, but the Nets don’t want to lose KD without getting Devin Booker from the Suns in return.
That could leave Miami in the lead. But after years of developing the full team they have, is it worth it? Even for a player like Durant?
KD gained the ability to make moves at will. The man is not just a champion, but one of the most elite shooters the game has ever seen. If the Nets didn’t prove as committed as he was, that would be all it would take to move forward.
As Durant moves on, the question of Irving’s future remains, but it’s safe to say that KD did their best to do what they could with Brooklyn. There is a limit to what a player can do, regardless of ability.