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 York Knicks 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 Knicks!
The Knicks’ situation
# Why would the Knicks go for KD?
Simply because New York is the biggest basketball theater on the planet. The shine of the city and of the franchise is inversely proportional to the results of the team for almost a quarter of a century but regardless, when you are the most scintillating franchise in the game you must try to fish for one of the best players in the world. And besides, the move would be quick, maybe even KD could keep his little furnished one-bedroom apartment.
# Which players are unavailable?
The franchise player (Julius Randle, sic) is by default, another just arrived and hasn’t been picked up to play elsewhere (Jalen Brunson), the only MVP in the gang is an MVP from another century (Derrick Rose). We are tempted to say RJ Barrett because New York management has stars in their eyes about him, but the Canadian has already been whispered in rumors of Damian Lillard and Donovan Mitchell in recent months. So info or intox, KD is available, it’s not Arjé who will stop the Knicks from doing anything.
# Which Knicks players could catch the Nets’ attention?
- R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, Mitchell Robinson, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride
Let’s say that there is nothing to jump to the ceiling, even adding Quentin Grimes. Apart from RJ Barrett who represents, perhaps, the guarantee of a real leader in the short to medium term that the Knicks will be very reluctant to sell, and Manu Quickley who has a good face as a future real crack. For the rest, we are either on the young middle player or on the very young player without any certainty of a serious career, so it will necessarily be necessary to add pick to a pack (pick, pack). The real gem remains RJ, but if you put him in the transfer, who will KD play with? Spike Lee?
# Do they have Draft picks to offer them?
Yes a lot. By dint of being in the underbelly of the East we capitalize (ask the Thunder or the Rockets), and the abundance of Draft picks available represents perhaps the best chance of existing of the Knicks in this business KD . What does it represent? Above all ? No less than FOUR picks from the first round from 2023 (subject to conditions), it may make GM salivate. Leon Rose may be a painter’s name from the 18th arrondissement, he’s done a great job racking up picks in New York since his arrival.
Nets salary grid
The Knicks’ ideal package:
- Cam Reddish
- Mitchell Robinson
- Immanuel Quickley
- Miles McBride or Quentin Grimes
- 3 or 4 draft picks
The Knicks will probably be reluctant to let go of RJ Barrett, hashtag the only somewhat stylish player in the entire county. Inevitably, a trade will therefore pass on the entirety of the beautiful youth of the group, while trying all the same to recover one or two pieces in addition to the much desired Kevinou.
Feasibility score: 4/10
Kevin Durant on the New York side? 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 Knicks know in any case what they have to do, and very frankly if it was not THE KNICKS we would not believe it at all. So, is it tempting or not?