Even though the idea of trading Kevin Durant for one of the biggest hauls in NBA history is seeming less likely by the day, the Toronto Raptors remain one of the most fervent teams in the KD chase. The idea of adding one of the greatest players iN NBA history will undoubtedly appeal to Masai Ujiri.
The Raptors are one of the few teams across the league who could give the Nets a collection of picks and players that could suit them without completely breaking their future. Even though they are in the division, they could provide Brooklyn with the assets they crave so much.
The Raptors have been mentioned as one of Durant’s biggest fans in addition to another rival Eastern Conference squad in the Miami Heat and a Suns team that would love to bring Durant to Phoenix. Until Durant himself rescinds his trade request, Sean Marks’ phone is going to get regularly blown up.
The Raptors have a trade offer and post-trade situation that is easily more appealing to both Durant and the Nets. They can outbid all three of these competing teams and win the admiration of Durant’s camp. KD in red and black wouldn’t look too bad in our opinion.
1 reason the Toronto Raptors can outbid 3 teams in Kevin Durant talks.
New Orleans Pelicans: KD doesn’t want them
The Pelicans could theoretically make a very enticing package. Not only do they have a surplus of picks due to the Anthony Davis trade, but they have young stars like Brandon Ingram and proven veterans like CJ McCollum. Why isn’t the idea of pairing Durant with Zion Williamson being talked about enough?
The latest report from HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto hints that Durant doesn’t have any interest in playing in New Orleans. Even though Durant may not have as much leverage as he thinks, the fact that he can threaten to sit out if traded to New Orleans could inhibit their ability to trade for him.
The Toronto Raptors may appeal to KD more than the Pelicans.
Contrary to what Chris Broussard might think, Toronto could be an excellent environment for Durant both on and off the court. Marquee stars have often turned Toronto down when given a chance to sign long-term extensions, but Durant might be able to buck that trend.
While New Orleans is far from NBA Siberia, it’s a far cry from ready-made contenders like Toronto, Phoenix, or Miami. If the Raptors can woo Durant and Rich Kleiman with their combination of on-court excellence and off-court business plan, KD may OK a trade there over NOLA.