The 'Overly-Aggressive' Kevin Durant commerce That Brooklyn Rejected

earlier than Kevin Durant was traded to Phoenix, the Grizzlies made a brazen push to get him to Memphis.

The information comes by way of ESPN’s Zach Lowe, who had this to say on the matter:

“The Nets have been conscious since July that Memphis was in a place to commerce every decide and swap of its personal for Durant, sources mentioned. (The Grizzlies have remained steadfast that Bane, Morant, and Jaren Jackson Jr. are a hundred% off the desk in all talks, sources throughout the league mentioned.) They didn’t get far. Durant wished the Suns, and the Nets labored with him to make that happen.”

buying and promoting every decide and decide swap would have been an extreme step to take, even when the Grizzlies managed to land a participant of Durant’s calibre whereas additionally holding onto their exisiting expertise.

Grizzlies regular supervisor Zach Kleiman knew it goes to have been a large risk to take.

“At any time restrict, collectively with this 12 months’s deadline, we had been prepared to be aggressive to maybe even overly aggressive to get the exact participant,” he instructed reporters. “At this deadline, there have been a quantity of guys the place we made presents that — in the event that they had been accepted — y’all would have mentioned ‘Wow, you guys went means too far in what you’d’ve accomplished there’.

“we have an supreme deal of males on this roster we think about in. If we’re in a place to monetize these draft picks forward of time — pre-consolidate, in case you will — and push them in for somebody you truly think about to be an aspect of the core for years to return, we’re all ready.”

at the same time as presently constructed, the Grizzlies have labored their decision to the second seed inside the Western convention. With Durant, they’d have been fully terrifying.


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