Miami would require assistance from a third or fourth team to pay Brooklyn’s demand.
Nearly two weeks have passed after Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant made a trade request, shocking the league and causing clubs to hustle in the early hours of free agency to see if they could put together a trade deal. Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat were among Durant’s top trade targets, but the Nets haven’t received any offers they deem deserving of a player of Durant’s prominence. But despite the fact that no suitable trade proposals have emerged, Adrian Wojnarowski claims that the Heat have been the most persistent club in their pursuit of the former league MVP.
Is Durant ready for the Heat?
It won’t be simple for the Heat to complete a deal for Durant, though. The talented big man Bam Adebayo would almost probably be sent to the Nets as part of any deal for K.D. However, because of the Designated Rookie rule, teams are not permitted to add another player to their roster while still having a player on one of these contracts. This would rule out the Nets from rostering both Adebayo and Ben Simmons, who Brooklyn obtained in the James Harden deal last season.
The Heat go into trouble at this point. According to Wojnarowski, in order to satisfy Brooklyn’s demands, a deal for Miami would need to involve a third or fourth club in addition to Tyler Herro and some assets, since the Nets squad has bemoaned the need to compete next season. Of course, Simmons may be traded while the Nets sign Adebayo, but that’s where this trade opens the door to a multi-team deal, which is usually challenging to complete in the NBA.
The Heat in Utah
The Utah Jazz are allegedly open to listening to trade proposals for All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, which is a new factor that might drive the Heat away from the Durant race. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Miami has been interested in Mitchell for a while. Before the Jazz even sent All-Star centre Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami made a trade proposal to Utah for Mitchell. The Jazz rejected that offer because they deemed it “insufficient.” Although the specifics of that trade deal are unknown, the Heat may decide that trading for Mitchell, who has a lower trade value than Durant, would be simpler.
According to Wojnarowski, the Toronto Raptors—another team thought to be in the race for Durant—are shown a reluctance to include current Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes in a deal for the two-time Finals MVP. From the Raptors’ standpoint, it makes sense since Barnes has the potential to develop into an All-Star player and the franchise’s focal point in the future. Although Durant might increase Toronto’s chances of winning the championship, the team must consider the worth of giving up the future for now.
It doesn’t seem like a Durant trade will take place any time soon, what with the Heat and Phoenix Suns wanting assistance in brokering a deal and the Raptors reportedly refusing to include Barnes in a deal.