Brooklyn does not intend to sell off Kevin Durant, aware of the value of his superstar. However, a competitor could well end up accepting the conditions of the Blacks and Whites, according to an anonymous scout. Except that it might not be enough, once again…
Among the few franchises still seriously fighting for Kevin Durant, we find in particular the Heat. The winger has indicated that he wants to play for the Florida squad, provided that the hard core of Erik Spoelstra’s group remains intact following his arrival. However, this point is a huge block in the negotiations, and Pat Riley is only sending average offers for the moment… which has caused his people to be humiliated recently.
In fact, where South Beach is reluctant is regarding Bam Adebayo. Giving him away in exchange for KD seems inevitable, but it would mean getting Ben Simmons back because the two men can’t play together, due to their contracts. However, an anonymous scout recently told the Miami Herald that the leaders may end up giving in, because of the greed. being close to the franchise, he is convinced that the offer will eventually fall:
Miami could offer Bam Adebayo to Brooklyn
If you’re the Heat, you make that trade, even if you have to include Ben Simmons. If you have the opportunity to get a player like Kevin Durant, you do. Based on my dealings with Pat Riley, I think the Heat would make this trade including Adebayo if given the chance. I’m not sure that would be enough for Brooklyn, though.
Getting a player like the Slim Reaper is a near once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Miami is well aware of that. With the No. 7 to lead the team, Floridians would be even closer to the title than they already were, having just missed out on making it to the Finals this year (4-3 loss to Boston in the Finals conference). Acquiring his services would therefore be decisive, especially since the important thing is that he really seems to want to play there.
However, although Adebayo seems particularly promising for the future, can we believe that he will one day become a member of the NBA Top 5 players? On this subject, skepticism still prevails among some observers. This is particularly the case with Zach Lowe, the ESPN journalist who spoke on the subject recently. According to him, the Nigerian-born still has a long way to go for such a deal to be fair:
As good as Bam is, I don’t think he’ll be a league MVP and multiple-time All-Star like Durant. Bam needs to become a better scorer. Durant’s age is an obstacle for some, but not for Miami. They got the best out of older guys. Durant and Jimmy put you in the immediate conversation with title-fighting teams.
By dint of failing to convince the Nets, the Heat could therefore end up giving in and offering Bam Adebayo in exchange. However, this still does not guarantee that New York leaders will agree to send Kevin Durant to Florida…