The case against trading for Kevin Durant
Durant is absolutely still in his prime, but he’s played just 90 games in the last three seasons. With him turning 34 before the beginning of next season, it would be wise to assume that this trend of missing games would only continue as he ages.
A trade return for Durant would be massive, even with all the potential concerns that come with him. As said earlier, the trade would be worth it for Toronto if they come on top at least once.
Unfortunately, you can’t just assume you’ll win a championship, especially when it comes to Durant’s career. He was paired with a significant amount of talent in Oklahoma City, but he never managed to bring home a ring. Will Durant at this age be more effective in the postseason than 24-year-old Durant?
A trade for Kevin Durant would gut the Toronto Raptors.
The Timberwolves trading four future first-rounders for Rudy Gobert certainly raises Durant’s already high asking price. If the Raptors had to part ways with just Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, and a record amount of draft capital, Ujiri would probably send it into the league office before the Nets could pull out.
Pairing Durant with Scottie Barnes, VanVleet, and Siakam would be a dream come true.
However, with the amount of interest Durant will have around the league, the Nets would likely demand Rookie of the Year Barnes to be a part of the deal, and who could blame them?
The Nets have all the leverage with Durant having four years left and a no-trade clause. If you are Toronto, is parting ways with a potential superstar in Barnes, along with Anunoby, Trent, and multiple picks, worth maybe that short stint of KD magic?