As it stands, Kevin Durant is still a member of the Brooklyn Nets. But after applying for a transaction from the franchise on June 30, no one knows how much longer he will be part of the franchise. Durant has spent three years with the Nets and has yet to make it to the second round of the playoffs, and at 33 with an injury history, his championship window may not be open much longer.
The Nets have agreed to honor Durant’s trade request, but will only pull the trigger on a deal if they get a substantial return on their franchise star. “Sports Illustrated” Ben Stinar is suggesting a deal where Durant will go to the News Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Zion Williamson, who recently signed a 5-year $193 million rookie extension with the team.
“The Nets are in an interesting position where they are now built to compete as Durant is 33 years old and Irving at 30 is in the prime of his career. Yet they also have 25-year-old Ben Simmons. That’s why I think they should try to take a chance on another young star to mate with Simmons (and Irving),” Stinar writes.
“Williamson has been in the NBA for three seasons after being Duke’s first overall pick in 2019. In his first season, he only played in 24 games, but in his sophomore season, he made the All-Star Game, scoring an average of 27.0 points in 61 games.”
However, it should be noted that because Simmons and Williamson are both on rookie max extensions, they could not be on the same roster.
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Pelicans had a successful season without Zion
Stinar also notes that even though the Pelicans didn’t have a Williamson at all last season, they were still able to make it through the play-in tournament and gave the highest-running Phoenix Suns everything they could in the first round, taking them to the first round. a six-game battle. The addition of Durant could make them much more deadly.
“Last season [Williamson] did not play in a single game. Still, the Pelicans made it to the NBA Playoffs and gave the Phoenix Suns a good fight to take the series to six games. If the Pelicans could do that without Williamson this season, and they added Durant to the roster, they could be a legitimate title contender,” Stinar added.
“With the way the contracts are, the Pelicans should add a lot of paycheck to make a deal work. However, they have several players such as Devonte Graham, Larry Nance Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas, who earn enough salary to close a deal.
The Pelicans could be a big three of CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Durant. They are also full of solid role players. Meanwhile, the Nets would have one of the most coveted prospects of all time, who has shown that when he’s on the floor, he’s a superstar.”
Brandon Ingram Says He’s A Better Passer Than Durant
Durant is one of the most prolific players the NBA has ever seen. So it’s hard to compare a player to him unless it’s a rare talent. And that’s what Pelicans star Brandon Ingram is. Ingram has been drawing comparisons to the Nets star since he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016.
Ingram has a long way to go before he can talk to Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP. But the Pelicans star believes one aspect of his game has already surpassed the Nets stars.
“I think everyone has the [Kevin Durant] comparisons. A guy who can shoot basketball from the three, midrange, and get all the way to the basket and he’s a very, very good defender,” Ingram said: to Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports.
“I think one thing I’ve gotten over him is the passing is: a little bit. But he is really, really an efficient goalscorer and NOBODY in this league can stop him, so I absolutely love the comparison!”
As the season draws closer, no Durant news is good news for Nets fans as all signs point to the star making his way to training camp.
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