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Nets’ Sean Marks wants huge return for Kevin Durant

The Spurs acquired three first-round picks for Dejounte Murray and the Jazz topped that by primarily bringing again 5 for Rudy Gobert — setting the bar for Kevin Durant. The Nets are holding out for an Elon Musk-level fortune in return for his or her star, who has demanded a commerce, and so they might get it. 

No, make that they have to get it. A king’s ransom return for Durant goes to be common supervisor Sean Marks’ one and solely likelihood to salvage what’s a disastrous scenario, to make this an on-the-fly retooling relatively than a protracted, arduous rebuilding. 

This example has primarily frozen a lot of the league, together with the Nets, so far as deciding what they may do with Kyrie Irving. It stays to be seen the place the Nets will ship Durant and the way a lot they’ll get for him. The Jazz bear anticipating the reply, each as a template for the picks the Nets could get and as a possible three-way commerce associate. 

The Nets are believed to be searching for a younger All-Star as a centerpiece for the deal, in addition to a bunch of picks. ESPN reported that not solely have greater than half the groups within the league referred to as Marks with proposals, but in addition some have even circled again to extend their presents earlier than even getting a counteroffer. That’s an uncommon circumstance, however the entire scenario is an uncommon circumstance. 

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Gamers of Durant’s ilk don’t sometimes grow to be accessible. Durant has requested out of Brooklyn not solely due to the melodrama with Irving, but in addition reportedly as a result of he didn’t see sufficient infrastructure and management within the franchise, Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported on NBATV. However wanting out and attending to go the place he desires are two various things. 

Durant has 4 years left on his contract, and shockingly doesn’t have a participant choice or a no-trade clause. That already has reduce into his leverage over selecting a touchdown spot, and the amount of presents the Nets are getting will reduce into it much more. They’ll seemingly determine on a type of presents earlier than deciding the place to commerce Irving and his expiring contract. 

Whereas the Nets will clearly work with Durant and enterprise associate Wealthy Kleiman find an acceptable vacation spot, Marks has confirmed to be unsentimental and can finally take the provide that works the perfect for the group. 

The only and cleanest strikes may very well be to New Orleans (round Brandon Ingram and picks) or Toronto (based mostly round Rookie of the Yr Scottie Barnes and picks). Raptors boss Masai Ujiri traded for Kawhi Leonard in 2018 and received a title the following season. What would he give for 4 years of Durant? 

There are evident points with Durant’s most well-liked groups, the Suns and Warmth, which might power increasing the commerce to contain one or two different groups. That’s not overseas to Marks, who pulled off an NBA-record five-team megadeal. 

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Sean Marks
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The Nets can’t take again the Warmth’s greatest piece, heart Bam Adebayo. The collective bargaining settlement received’t enable them to commerce for a participant on a chosen rookie extension, corresponding to Adebayo, as a result of they have already got Ben Simmons on such a deal. (Keep in mind that quirk within the CBA. It’ll come up once more. And once more.) 

And Durant reportedly solely desires to play for Miami if it’s alongside Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry, in line with The Athletic. 

The Nets can’t take again the Suns’ Devin Booker and aren’t believed to be enamored with taking Phoenix’s restricted free agent heart, Deandre Ayton, in a sign-and-trade. However Arizona Sports activities 98.7 FM reported Utah is exploring a commerce for Ayton to interchange Gobert. Phoenix might then reroute the incoming picks, together with their very own and forwards Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson. 

However the Jazz may very well be related in one other manner, due to celebrity guard Donovan Mitchell. 

After Utah let go Mitchell’s lifelong pal Eric Paschall, the Nets traded for his buddy Royce O’Neale and the Jazz traded away Gobert, signaling they’re rebuilding. That would propt Mitchell to ask for a commerce. If that occurs, it might tempt the Nets into transferring off Simmons to make any three-way deal for Mitchell attainable. 

There’s a tepid market, at greatest, for Irving. And since any deal for Durant will seemingly be extra advanced and will definitely be extra vital, the Nets are intent on sorting that out first earlier than sending Irving to the Lakers or anyplace else.

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