The Brooklyn Nets shook the NBA landscape after it came to light that they had agreed to terms with both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving even before free agency got underway. While the Golden State Warriors know they’ve lost out on Durant, it appears they’re doing their best to find a way to land something in return.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news of Durant’s agreement with the Nets, but shortly after, it was revealed that the Warriors may potentially swing a sign-and-trade. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports revealed the news that Durant could consider taking part in the sign-and-trade, which would unquestionably benefit the Warriors.
The big question is what this means for the Nets and how it would impact them. Realistically, it doesn’t appear they would gain much by agreeing to this deal. But for the Warriors, it could be the difference between losing Durant and turning to free agency empty-handed, or picking up assets and getting some help in a few other areas.
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Warriors’ Benefit of Kevin Durant Sign-and-Trade
The most obvious benefit for Golden State will be if they’re able to land a player or two from the Nets who they believe will make an instant-impact this upcoming season. But beyond that, as NBA salary cap analyst Albert Nahmad reported, the Warriors would also create a $30.0 million trade exception if they convince the Nets to do the sign-and-trade.
While this would be a move that helps the Warriors, many fans aren’t on board with it happening, largely due to the fact that there isn’t a huge incentive for the Nets to do it. Unless Brooklyn is planning to move on from one or two of the pieces they would send Golden State, they already have the salary cap space to sign both Durant and Irving.
With that said, along with the signing of the two stars, the Nets also agreed to terms with center DeAndre Jordan, and his contract details were not revealed.
Regardless, the biggest takeaway here is that Durant would be doing the Warriors a favor by agreeing to this. But if he does, the Nets would almost certainly move a talented player in the process, as they still have quite a bit of depth following the huge moves on day one of free agency.
Could Warriors Land D’Angelo Russell in Sign-and-Trade?
Among the many free agents remaining on the market, Nets guard D’Angelo Russell is one of the top options to monitor. While there has been no official report of Russell being included in a potential sign-and-trade, NBA reporter Brian Windhorst did toss out the idea on ESPN’s The Jump during the early stages of free agency.
This appeared to be stated as a potential option for the Warriors to pursue, but if it happened it would send waves through the NBA. As far as Russell’s fit with the Warriors goes, that’s another discussion altogether. The team already has both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, so their starters in the backcourt are set. Even if Thompson misses all of next season due to the torn ACL suffered in the playoffs, Russell’s long-term outlook with the team would be a big question mark.