The Kevin Durant trade rumors appear to have reached a standstill. It’s clear Durant wants off the Brooklyn Nets, and while they aren’t standing in his way, their asking price has kept teams at bay so far. It has certainly complicated one of the most riveting stories of the 2022 NBA offseason.
West doesn’t believe that Durant will be traded
While Durant’s trade request is only a couple of weeks old at this point, it’s fair to wonder whether any teams will be able to put together a trade package that suits the Nets’ demands. Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West believes that exact logic may end up thwarting any potential deals for Durant, which is why West thinks Durant will ultimately end up staying put.
“My best guess, he won’t be traded. You can’t give enough to get a guy like him. I see Utah makes a trade with Minnesota, I said ‘oh my gosh’. The assets they got for a terrific defensive player…what would Kevin Durant command? He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Period.” - Jerry West, SiriusXM NBA Radio
After all this, could Durant end up stuck on the Nets?
West offers an interesting take on the Durant trade drama. Since he requested a trade, many folks have been focused on identifying which team he will eventually play for next season. But what if that team ends up being the Nets, simply because no team will be willing to part with the assets it would take to land Durant?
It needs to be considered, partly because many teams are reportedly on the fence about making a move for Durant. The Phoenix Suns will almost certainly have to pull off a massive three or four-team deal if they want Durant. The Toronto Raptors are interested but are unwilling to part with young players like Scottie Barnes. The Miami Heat probably have the easiest path to Durant, but they are worried about whether they would be able to field a competitive team if they did trade for Durant.
West also points out that Utah’s haul in the Rudy Gobert trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves probably increased Brooklyn’s asking price for Durant. The price for Durant was already going to drain an organization of its assets, but Gobert’s deal may have caused Brooklyn to increase their asking price to a level teams are unwilling to reach.
West knows Durant well and said he could understand where he’s coming from. But he seems to be warning his friend that he may not get his wish, and even if he does, it may take longer than expected. The Durant situation is murky, but there remains a possibility that all the rumors blow over and Durant stays put for the time being.