The Cleveland Cavaliers trading for Kevin Durant is generally a bad idea, but this trade takes the cake.
I don’t want Kevin Durant. He’s old, slow, has a history of injuries, and has a terrible attitude. Yes, he’s still a very good scorer but he’s proven that in his prime he can’t win an NBA title without Steph Curry. So why would the Cleveland Cavaliers overpay to get him, especially with his history of being a disaster of a teammate and player?
The Nets have a dead asset because no one is paying the price to get Durant. He’ll likely start the season with the Nets and will either be forced to show up or not get paid (and fined). So there’s no reason to give up assets for Durant, he’s not going anyway, and even if he did, he’ll likely just demand another trade.
It’s what he does. He’s a gun for hire. Nothing more. So why would the Cavaliers, or any other team, mortgage their future for a player who has a track record of running? They wouldn’t and they shouldn’t.
That didn’t stop NBAAnalysis from coming up with a trade idea for him.
This is an atrocious trade. Caris LeVert and Isaac Okoro I’d trade away for a corndog, don’t get that twisted. Jarrett Allen, on the other hand, is the best defensive center in the NBA. Are you out of your mind to include him in this trade? What would he even bring the Nets? The Nets want an elite scorer to replace Durant. Allen will get you 15 points a game, but he’s not dropping 29 nightly.
Secondly, I don’t care if Rudy Gobert went for four picks and part of Karl Anthony Towens’ soul, I’m not trading four draft picks for a 30+ forward with bad legs. I’ll give you two, 2025 and 2027, and that’s it.
What, that’s not enough to land Durant? Ok, new trade; I’ll give you a second-round pick to never suggest a Durant to Cleveland trade again.
The Cleveland Cavaliers lineup would be abysmal with Kevin Durant
So here would be the Cavs lineup after the trade.
PG: Darius Garland
SG: Collin Sexton
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Lauri Markkanen
C : Evan Mobley
With Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, Ricky Rubio, and Ochai Agbaji coming off the bench. Basically, what you end up doing, is taking a team with a 10-year window, and truncating it to two, maybe three years.
Why people think Durant is going to win them a title, when he’s never done it on a team that wasn’t a 70+ win team prior to his arrival, boggles my mind.
This team would be one of the worst defensively in the NBA, and considering you’d probably have to start Osman or Agbaji just to be able to get Sexton shots, means it won’t be that good offensively either. Durant will hog the ball, stifle the offense and limit Garland’s progression.
This trade idea sucks.