You could not miss the bombshell that fell on the NBA on June 30, a few hours before the opening of the Free Agency. Kevin Durant asked his franchise, the Brooklyn Nets, for his trade. But now the more important question is: where could it go? And how to carry out such a historic transfer? Right away, zoom in on the New Orleans Pelicans and their possibilities to get KD back.
Friday June 30, 2022, 8:49 p.m. French time, the explosion falls.
Kevin Durant wants to leave Brooklyn, time is running out and Coco wants to win more rings. After the time of the exploding thermometer, the entire TrashTalk editorial team has therefore asked themselves THE question that torments us all… but where the hell will KD pursue his career? To do this, and because we like to push the delirium as far as possible, we have collectively decided to look at all the NBA franchises. Yes yes, all the franchises: 29 detailed articles, with a quick overview of what could happen.
Make way for the New Orleans pelicans.
The Pelicans’ situation
# Why would the Pelicans go after KD?
The Pelicans have just returned to the Playoffs for the first time since 2018 and could try to make a big move to reach an even higher milestone with Kevin Durant in their ranks. In addition, current coach Willie Green was an assistant to Steve Kerr at Golden State between 2016 and 2019, which is the three years KD was with the Warriors. Now, we must also take into account the fact that the Pels have finally just started a positive momentum with the current group, and that an earthquake named Durant could come to weaken all that at first.
🚨 No traction in New Orleans in a possible transfer of Kevin Durant, currently.
The momentum among the Pelicans seems too positive to blow up this promising group.
Only whispered base around the Pels: Brandon Ingram + Herb Jones + Larry Nance Jr + future picks. pic.twitter.com/Ssf7LJS1eR
— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) July 2, 2022
# Which players are unavailable?
Like some pals in his draft class (Ja Morant, Darius Garland), Zion Williamson just signed a massive five-year, $193 million contract extension. He therefore falls into the category of players under a designated recruit extensionand thus cannot be transferred to the Nets which already has Ben Simmons (Brooklyn cannot have two players of this type recovered via a transfer). Zion’s future therefore lies in the Bayou, unless Nets general manager Sean Marks manages to fire Simmons before transferring Durant. But at the time of writing, Williamson is unavailable.
# Which Pelicans players could catch the Nets’ attention?
- Brandon Ingram, Herbert Jones, Trey Murphy III, Dyson Daniels, Jaxson Hayes
Even if Zion is not available, the Pelicans have the means to offer a sacred package to the Nets. What is Brooklyn looking for against KD in an ideal world? An All-Star caliber player, and obviously enough to build the future by obtaining promising youngsters and draft picks. That’s good, NOLA has everything you need. Brandon Ingram is a 25-year-old All-Star star who is about to enter his prime. Herbert Jones — named to the second-best rookie team this year — has established himself as one of the biggest steals in the 2021 Draft, and has big All-Defense potential. What strongly seduce Sean Marks. Especially when you add Trey Murphy III, who grew at high speed during the Pels’ superb end-of-season run, new rookie Dyson Daniels (eighth pick in the 2022 Draft) or Jaxson Hayes (22-year pivot) .
# Do they have Draft picks to offer them?
In addition to the existing roster, the Pelicans also have all of their first-round draft picks through 2029. And if that’s not enough, the Bayou franchise has yet to receive draft capital in coming from the Lakers and Bucks in the years to come. Translation, NOLA can offer one of the best pick packages in the entire NBA in Brooklyn.
Nets salary grid
The perfect Pelicans package :
- Brandon Ingram
- Herbert Jones
- 4 first round picks (and pick swaps if desired)
Feasibility score: 8/10
Kevin Durant on the side of New Orleans? In fact, nothing is impossible and as a famous philosopher from Hérault said: it is by doing anything that you become anyone. To acquire KD, the Pelicans know in any case what they have to do. So, is it tempting or not?