The circus that is the Brooklyn Nets trade drama continues for yet another day with more details emerging regarding the exorbitant price teams will be required to pay if they wish to acquire the services of Kevin Durant, while trade talks around Kyrie Irving are expected to heat up in the coming days.
Fox Sports brings you the latest trade news surrounding KD and Kyrie.
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NETS STAGGERING KD TRADE REQUEST REVEALED
While reports surfaced yesterday that the Brooklyn Nets were looking for “one of the biggest trade returns in league history” in exchange for perennial All-star Kevin Durant, a new report has emerged which gives a glimpse into just how steep of a return the Nets expect it to be.
According to Yahoo’sVincent Goodwill the Minnesota Timberwolves rejected a bold proposal from Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks which would have seen them land Kevin Durant at the staggering cost of both their star players along with a haul of draft picks.
It should come as no shock to the Nets that the T-Wolves were quick to dismiss this absurd offer, however, what is reportedly somewhat of a surprise to Brooklyn is the lack of aggression being shown so far by teams around the league in their pursuit of KD.
“I think [the Nets] thought there was going to be a tremendous bidding war and while there’s a lot of interest, from what I can tell, that bidding war isn’t really hot right now,” Brian Windhorst said on ESPN.
LAKERS LOOKING TO MAKE LAST DITCH PITCH FOR KYRIE IN LAS VEGAS
The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping that a face-to-face meeting in Las Vegas between GM Rob Pelinka and his Brooklyn Nets counterpart Sean Marks can be the circuit breaker to a potential trade involving Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
“Well, the Lakers are going to be bringing their summer-league contingency out to Las Vegas. That includes Rob Pelinka, and Rob Pelinka will be able to have a face-to-face conversation with Sean Marks of the Brooklyn Nets,” McMenamin said on NBA Today.
“And they can discuss things like, ‘Are we going to be able to put together a deal here, and are we actually getting your best offer yet? Is it just been positioning from both sides? Can we actually come down to brass tacks and figure out a deal here?
“If the Lakers can’t figure something out with Kyrie, if that’s not feasible, they’re going to have to move on, because their roster is incomplete.”
McMenamin went on to suggest that should the Lakers think that a Kyrie trade isn’t possible then they are likely to divert their attention to trying to acquire shooters like Eric Gordon & Buddy Hield.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst expects a deal to eventually get done because Kyrie and LeBron James are both eager on a reunion next season.
“Kyrie Irving absolutely wants to be a Los Angeles Laker… I doubt Kyrie will be back with Brooklyn, I think he’ll be on the Lakers, but I don’t know when that’ll happen,” Windhorst said.