The Toronto Raptors were originally linked heavily to Nets superstar Kevin Durant after his initial trade request. Brooklyn’s sky-high asking price combined with Toronto’s reluctance to include Scottie Barnes in trade talks have led to a stalemate despite some big news dumps from the KD camp.
Those expecting a Durant trade should be prepared for some severe disappointment. If Shams Charania’s report is believed to be true and the Nets turned down an offer that had Boston Celtics stud Jaylen Brown as the centerpiece, Toronto will not be able to keep up.
Getting a third team involved in the KD sweepstakes seems prudent, as it could help the Raptors land Durant and make sure Brooklyn gets the historic return they seek. This may be a more fantastical solution rather than one based on reality, however.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, teams are reportedly unwilling to engage with the Nets and discuss a multi-team deal, citing the fact that they don’t want to “help” them. With a multi-team deal just about the only avenue Toronto has left if they wish to acquire KD without giving up Barnes, the trade hopes might be dead.
Are Toronto Raptors going to acquire Kevin Durant?
Durant has reiterated his desire to be traded with Nets owner Joe Tsai, saying he will only stay if head coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks are replaced. Once again confirming that he wants out might start rumors up again, but it might not impact the proceedings.
It’s hard to fault Brooklyn for taking this stance with Durant. He’s a top 5 player and future Hall of Famer, so they shouldn’t accept chump change. However, turning down five years of draft control plus potential All-Stars like OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. could be a risky proposition.
The Raptors have to know that a deal is unlikely given all of the moving pieces needed to actually consummate a trade. However, if Masai Ujiri continues to put his name out there and show that he is a serious suitor for KD, a deal could be struck with Marks.
The Raptors aren’t as desperate as some ready-made contenders that would be more likely to cave to Brooklyn’s demands. Even if parting with the fantasy of trading for Durant could be a tough pill to swallow, the circumstances for a move that doesn’t cripple Toronto are starting to fade away into the ether.