When the Brooklyn Nets agreed to go forth with Kevin Durant’s trade request on the eve of free agency, they expected to receive overwhelming trade offers.
“The best offer I’m told that the Nets had on the table was from the Celtics,” said Shams Charania of The Athletic on the Rich Eisen Show. “Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and a first round pick.”
“It was really just a realization that and the eye-opening experience that a deal wasn’t gonna happen. The best offer I’m told that the Nets had on the table was from the Celtics: Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and a first-round pick. The price tag that the Nets had put forth on Kevin Durant and you can say that they might have been asking for something they know was never gonna be attainable anyway. But at the end of the day when you have a guy that’s a 12x All-Star, 2x Finals MVP, you have a high asking price. That price was never gonna be met and I think both sides understood that this is the best opportunity to win a championship.”
As one of the top players in the game, pairing him with Tatum would have made them the prohibitive favorites to come out of the East.
Since nothing ever got better, it became abundantly clear that Durant would be coming back to the team. The Nets and Durant agreed to move forward in their partnership after it was clear there wasn’t a trade on the table that would satisfy the parties involved.
Durant is entering Year 1 of a four-year, $198 million extension.
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