Kevin Duran trade negotiations have stalled. The most common reason for a slow pace is teams that have had major interactions with the Nets — Miami, Boston, Phoenix (albeit less with the Suns after they equaled the Suns). Deandre Ayton offer) — weren’t ready to accept Brooklyn’s high asking price for the former MVP. These teams want to trade Durant to fight, but the price the Nets are asking will result in too much roster reduction.
Why not bring in a third or maybe a fourth team to make the deal easier? because Teams don’t want to help, according to SNY.TV’s Ian Begley..
Part of the pessimism stemmed from the idea that, as of last month, there was little interest in the market for teams that could act as a third or fourth team to facilitate Durant’s trade.
“No one wants to help (Brooklyn make a deal),” one team observed.
I’m skeptical about this – teams may not want to help, but they will as soon as the price is right for them.
Maybe that means two first round picks for the team with cap space – the Spurs or the Pacers, Utah could join them after the veteran trade – to jump in and get a contract, but these teams don’t stick around just because they I don’t want the Nets or any other team to succeed. It’s not personal, it’s business. Make it worth their effort and they’ll help, but they won’t do a favor for Durant and the other teams.
Things have been quiet on the Durant front for weeks now. Maybe that will change when we get to the start of training camp – will Duran show up at Nets camp? What about Kyrie Irving? — but right now, teams have no pressure and little motivation to improve their offerings and re-engage with Brooklyn.