October 5, 2022

Where do things stand on the trade talks between Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell with Month Up Camp: Inside Sun Pass

Where do things stand on the trade talks between Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell with Month Up Camp: Inside Sun Pass

It’s been two weeks since then Kevin Durant Repeat his business request to Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai in a face-to-face meeting Tsai was told he needed to choose between the 12-time All-Star or his coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. It added a new dynamic to the biggest story of the Offseason, an uncomfortable cloud that began to appear over the franchise when Durant asked to leave Brooklyn on June 30. A new suitor has emerged from the Western Conference.

with NBA Boot camps are set to open about a month from now, and that’s where things stand.

The Boston CelticsAnd the Toronto Raptors And the Miami Heat They remain among the most serious threats facing Durant because they have the kinds of chops needed to meet the asking price of the Nets in a two-time NBA Finals Player of the Year deal. However, no one has yet met Brooklyn’s soaring All-Star, other high-profile players and draft picks – and conversations with these top three contestants haven’t been around lately. Celtics All-Stars were offered Jaylen Brown and goalkeeper Derek White and a first-round pick in July, according to league sources.; The Raptors declined to receive the Rookie of the Year award Scotty Barnes Available; And Miami wasn’t seriously involved with the All-Star package Pam Adebayo.

The Philadelphia 76ers He has shown a recent interest in Durant while Milwaukee Bucks And the Denver Nuggets It also inquired of the nets in late June and early July to gauge the price, according to the sources. The New Orleans Pelicans He inquired with the Nets on June 30th as well but considered an All-Star Brandon Ingram The sources said it could not be touched. Also last month, Atlanta Hawks progress John CollinsAnd the DeAndre Hunter and Durant’s draft pick, according to sources.

None of these conversations gained much traction. Durant has four years and $198 million left in the Nets contract.

One of the major complications of engaging logical players in Durant’s trade talks such as Adebayo and Utah‘s Donovan Mitchell is that it cannot be obtained by trading by Brooklyn with Ben Simmons In the list because of the specific extension rules for beginners.

Recently, a new team showed interest in Durant: the Memphis GrizzliesLeague sources say, the athlete. Those sources added that the Grizzlies, with 56 wins, made new inquiries to the Nets about Durant. Memphis has five first-round draft picks (four of their own unprotected and one protected through Golden State in 2024) to benefit in theory in trade as well as young players such as Garen Jackson Jr.And the Desmond BenAnd the Zayer WilliamsAnd the Brandon ClarkAnd the Kennedy Chandler And the David Rudy.

Moments later the athlete I mentioned that Durant was Trade order Back in June, a tweet from the Grizzlies star Ja Morante He attracted much attention to his apparent pro-Durant sentiment.

Zach Kleiman, executive vice president of basketball operations for the Grizzlies, the NBA’s governing executive of the year, has done a masterful job of building the team’s foundation around All-NBA star Morant and a solid support staff while securing assets for the present and the future. Sources said the Grizzlies won’t include Jackson or Payne in a potential Durant offer, but rather a package built around their pool of recruiting choices.

The Phoenix Suns Likewise a bundle hangs around the All-Defensive Pavilion Michael Bridges League sources said a handful of recruiting picks were in the first round, which didn’t affect the Nets. with Dender Eaton Signed to a maximum four-year contract and not transferable until January, Phoenix has over the past month been trying to pitch creative proposals to Brooklyn, perhaps through three- or four-team deals as the All-Star-caliber player goes to the nets. But the Suns have yet to find a decent deal – which is largely why they are behind Boston, Toronto and Miami in the Durant lottery.

Among the interested teams, the Celtics across the league have been seen as an obvious answer as which team has the ingredients to cut a deal with Brooklyn. At the moment, Boston has not included the guard Marcus Smart or the center Robert Williams The sources said in the proposal. The Celtics have up to three first-round picks available to trade with Brooklyn. When Brooklyn rejected Boston’s bid last month, the Nets responded with a request to choose Brown, Smart, a draft, and possibly another rotation player, according to sources.

So yes, Boston has the necessary tracks and Brooklyn has listened, but there is a gap.

For the Celtics, there is a delicate balance to improve the roster and maintain their current status as a championship contender. Head of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens patiently and cleverly continued to boost the Celtics’ roster after the NBA Finals berth, adding Malcolm Brogdon And the Danilo Galinari This is offseason.

Now, will Boston live up to the price the Nets are asking to add a potential missing piece that has become available in a way rarely done in NBA history? We have to wait and see.

There is just over a month left in the NBA’s off-season. The Celtics and other teams pursuing Durant have time to put forward their best proposals and these deals can escalate quickly, but the clock is ticking for everyone involved.

If neither team ramps up their pursuit and matches their Brooklyn price tag, Durant will be left with limited options other than to report to the Nets training camp. Across the NBA, people are wondering if the 33-year-old Hall of Famer who will turn 34 when the season starts would set up training camp if the trade wasn’t finished.

In recent memory of the NBA, there has been Several ways for stars who asked for deals. Some have returned to their team and run the season. Elsewhere, it took Simmons until the February trading deadline to be traded last season when he didn’t show up at training camp and ultimately failed to play for the Philadelphia 76ers after the 2020-21 season ended. Jimmy Butler And the James HardenMeanwhile, they traded during the first month of the season when they were disgruntled, in an uncomfortable environment and reported playing with Minnesota And the Houstonrespectively, in 2018 and 2020.

For their part, the Nets believe they have improved the roster and have a championship-level team. The nets trade is signed for Royce O’Neill TJ Warren and they brought back patty mills And the Nick Claxton Expecting full returns for All-Star Simmons and Joe Harris. all Stars Keri Irving He also picked the $37 million player option, who is committed to the 2022-23 season in Brooklyn, and sources familiar with the situation say he has been working with his teammates and holding a constructive dialogue with the organization this season. Brooklyn has made it clear to interested teams that they plan to keep the All-Star game seven times, according to sources. The Nets were without Simmons and Harris for most of last season, including the playoff series against Boston, but both are set to provide a major boost to the upcoming campaign.

League sources said Simmons was cleared of playing three-on-three basketball activities after back surgery in May, and is on track to obtain clearance to do full five-to-five activities in the coming weeks. The Nets and Simmons expect to be ready for training camp in late September.

For now, though, the stalemate between the team and its biggest star continues.

More NBA news and notes…

The Latest on Donovan Mitchell’s Trade Talks

jazz and nicks Discussions are underway about a trade that would send Donovan Mitchell to New York, according to sources. A deal isn’t considered imminent yet, but the Knicks have the incentive to acquire Mitchell and have proposed new packages for the new front office in Utah led by CEO Danny Inge.

New York recently made a bid for Evan FournierAnd the Obi Tobinan extra salary and two unprotected first-round draft picks (five in total), league sources and the athleteTony Jones. Jazz’s asking price was more important than that.

Mitchell has three guaranteed years left on his contract, allowing Jazz to bring him into the upcoming campaign and take a patient approach to business discussions. The Charlotte Hornets And the Washington Wizards Sources said she was among the bands interested in Mitchell as well.

Celtics sign Valentine training camp deal

Celtics and free agent/strike guard Denzel Valentine have agreed an Exhibit 10 training camp deal, sources said. Valentine will compete for one of the Celtics open positions at the training camp.


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