Nets’ Durant ‘balked’ at idea of being traded for D’Angelo Russell alone

Kevin Durant attainable won’t play in 2019-20, nonetheless, he’s nonetheless contributing to the Nets’ future.

The Warriors despatched the now-Nets celeb to Brooklyn as half of a sign-and-trade for D’Angelo Russell this summer season. While the deal was initially meant to be one-for-one commerce, Durant was in direction of the idea of such “unfair” commerce and pressured Golden State to half with a protected future first-round determine as properly, in accordance with a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, which cited unidentified league sources.

Windhorst wrote:

“First, Durant initially balked at being traded for Russell straight up, multiple sources said. He didn’t think it was a fair deal, and in this case, the Warriors had to not just satisfy the Nets, but also Durant.”

“Leverage was applied by the player, and Golden State had to include a first-round pick before Durant would agree to sign off. The Warriors begrudgingly gave it up and did so with a heavy condition: If the pick falls within the top 20 next year, they don’t have to send it, and instead will only give Brooklyn a second-round pick … in six years. It’s one of the most unusual pick protections the NBA has seen recently.”

Durant has since inked a four-year, $164 million address the Nets and has a participant risk in 2022-23. He will probably be half of his shut good buddy in star degree guard Kyrie Irving, who moreover signed a four-year max address Brooklyn this offseason.

If the determine Golden State included in Durant’s sign-and-trade is open air the best 20, it could change right into a high-quality asset or establishing block for Brooklyn down the freeway.

The Warriors will look noticeably fully completely different subsequent 12 months, as star guard Klay Thompson is predicted to miss most of 2019-20 rehabbing a torn ACL. They’ll have to hope Russell turns right into a serviceable various inside the meantime, notably given his hefty three-year, $117 million contracts.

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