There was a “ferocity” in the Nets’ front office Thursday night as many teams called in with trade offers for Kevin Durant, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on “SportsCenter.”
The response around the league to Durant’s trade request was immediate and intense as more than half the league asked questions. Wojnarowski said that created an unprecedented situation, with some teams calling Brooklyn with offers and then later calling back to increase those offers without getting a counter from the Nets.
“There’s never been a player of Durant’s stature at this point in his career available for trade, certainly in the modern era,” Wojnarowski said, adding that Brooklyn was aiming for a “historic carry” in return.
He reports that the Nets are basing their asking price on what the Clippers traded to Oklahoma City for Paul George (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five first-round picks) and what the Lakers paid New Orleans for Anthony Davis (Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks).
The Nets “want more than that,” Wojnarowski said.
There is more on Durant:
- Watching the Warriors win the championship played a part in Durant’s desire to leave Brooklyn, Wojnarowski said on ESPN’s “Get Up.” This contributed to the narrative that Durant cannot win alone and is trapped in a dysfunctional situation with the Nets. Durant reportedly asked for “a change of scenery” when he met the owner on Thursday.
- Appearing on ESPN’s “KJM” This Morning, Brian Windhorst cited a “strong 90% chance” the Nets will honor Durant’s trade request and said any deal involving Kyrie Irving will have to wait until Durant is moved. Irving only wants to go to the Lakers, but that means the Nets would have to take Russell Westbrook, who makes about $11 million more than Irving, and finding other compensation for Brooklyn won’t be easy.
- On “Get Up”, Windhorst predicted Durant’s trade would involve at least three teams. He cites a potential Nets-Suns deal, saying the game isn’t perfect and both teams will likely make calls to expand the trade and see if they can get the assets they want. Windhorst adds that it could “freeze things for a while” in the league as several teams consider getting involved. An advantage for Phoenix, Windhorst notes, is that he has control of all of his future draft picks and can offer up to four draft picks and three pick trades. That could encourage multiple teams to help facilitate a Durant deal.