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Windhorst: Kevin Durant's Trade Value 'May Not Be as High as the Nets Wanted'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 11, 2022

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The Brooklyn Nets had a high asking price for Kevin Durant after the superstar requested a trade, but teams have been unwilling to meet those initial demands.

"The price tag for Durant may not be as high as the Nets wanted," ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Monday on Get Up (1:09 in video).

Windhorst added that the situation is turning into a "stalemate," and teams that were "casual bystanders" might jump into the bidding.

The 12-time All-Star would be an appealing addition since he's under contract for the next four seasons, but opposing teams seemingly don't want to gut their roster to land Durant.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith initially reported the Nets were looking for two All-Stars in return for Durant. Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports said the team asked the Minnesota Timberwolves for Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and four first-round picks.

The Phoenix Suns have been considered a potential landing spot for Durant, but Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer reported "there's no deal" without Devin Booker.

It's reasonable for the Nets to start with a high asking price. Durant can change the landscape of the NBA with his ability to turn any team into a contender or the favorite to win a title.

The 33-year-old has two Finals MVP awards and remains an elite player with averages of 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game last year.

If Brooklyn is going to give up this type of talent, it will need pieces in return that can expedite a rebuild.

The rest of the league has been hesitant to meet the Nets' demands, which could force Brooklyn's front office to adjust its expectations for returns for the star forward.

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