The Brooklyn Nets fired Steve Nash earlier this month and suspended Kyrie Irving at least five games for promoting anti-Semitism, and it now might be time to consider trading Kevin Durant, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“This is just something that league executives are talking about and, frankly, the Nets’ front office has to seriously start considering,” said Windhorst.
“And that would be a potentially nuclear option of beginning a blow-up to this roster this season.”
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Kevin Durant informed the Nets that he will request to be traded. pic.twitter.com/9JFYWIB6wg
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“They owe the next four drafts, essentially, to the Houston Rockets.” continued Brian Windhorst. “A pic swap this year, [Brooklyn’s] Pick unprotected next Year, another pick swap within two years, and their pick in three years. But of those four, this year is interesting.”
The Nets are currently at 5-7 in 12 games and rank 10th in Eastern Conference. After a 2-5 record, Nash was terminated. Brooklyn won its first game with Jacque Vaughn as coach on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst believes now might be the best time for the Nets to trade Kevin Durant
Sportsbooks had projected that the Nets would win 50.5 games before the season began. Many bettors are disappointed that Brooklyn is not as successful as last season. Durant continues to lead this team.
Durant, a two-time Finals MVP, is averaging 30.8 point, 6.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per contest this season. Durant’s also shooting 51.9% from the field and 32.2% from 3-point range.
“If this Nets team is not going to rebound, if Kyrie Irving isn’t able to satisfy the Nets and bring him back, if Ben Simmons’ knee and returning from his back issue is too big of a hurdle for him to be an impact player, maybe they need to look at what would happen if they took advantage of the pick swap this year, because the Houston Rockets are one of the league’s worst teams,” continued Brian Windhorst.
“[Kevin] Durant’s price is so high that nobody can afford to pay it… Right now, everybody waiting for the price to get lower.” pic.twitter.com/br7QNZq7St
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 21, 2022
Simmons is averaging career-lows of 5.6 point, 6.4 boards and 6.3 assists in eight games this season. Not to mention, he’s logging a career-worst 2.4 field goals per game.
However, the Nets are likely to give it another month. G.M. Sean Marks might wait and see if the team bounces back under new leadership.
The Nets had numerous opportunities to trade Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving during the offseason but the front office refused to entertain them. Durant’s trade value remains high. Meanwhile, Irving’s worth is at an all-time low.
The Nets are bound to trade the 12-time All-Star. It’s a matter of when, not if. Brooklyn has struggled with team chemistry from the beginning. So, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst might be on to something.