Nick Wright speculates Brooklyn Nets took Dallas Mavericks offer instead of LA Lakers’ pack because they didn’t trade Kevin Durant
Rumors are running rampant that the Brooklyn Nets will eventually trade Kevin Durant after Kyrie Irving’s disposal for the Dallas Mavericks. Brooklyn has Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and future draft picks for the nimble point guard.
Some basketball fans feel Brooklyn missed out on a great opportunity to reserve first-round picks while getting Russell Westbrook on the deal. However, Nick Wright had this to say about why Nets GM Sean Marks decided to settle with Dallas’ offer:
“Dorian Finney-Smith adds defense and hits three. Dinwiddie gives you 65% of Kyrie’s attack and they’ve been picked. The Lakers have given you Russ and future options.”
The Lakers’ package would have been better if they were going to trade Durant as well. But since they will try to appease Durant and compete, this is the better package.”
Kevin Durant left Russell Westbrook and OKC Thunder in the summer of 2016 to join the Golden State Warriors. He then revealed that he wanted to move out because he was the only player who could do consecutive jumps.
Westbrook’s dancing has only gotten worse in his most recent two seasons with the LA Lakers. The name “Westbrick” isn’t entirely wrong, especially last season. The Nets don’t want to drop KD if they want to compete for the championship.
Also, having Westbrook and Ben Simmons at the same time would be something Kevin Durant doesn’t want to be in. The first has a lot of confidence, which often leads to ill-advised shots, while the second barely even tries to look at the rim.
In addition, Joe Tsai is said to have never intended for Kyrie Irving to dock with the LA Lakers. The Nets’ billionaire owner doesn’t want to see a happy ending for the players who have given the franchise too many headaches.
Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets may have found the perfect replacement for Kyrie Irving in Cam Thomas
Cam Thomas barely saw any action behind Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry and Patty Mills in the lineup. Since Irving is traded with Dallas Mavericks, the second keeper averaged 45.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He is also shooting at a ridiculous 71.8% from behind the arc.
In the win against Washington Wizards on February 4, Thomas came on from the bench to explode with 44 points after only 29 minutes. He was the biggest reason the Nets bounced back from a 23-point deficit to a 125-123 win.
Two nights later, in the first game of the season, he scored 47 points on Laser cutting but could not bring the Nets to victory. Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets bench couldn’t keep up the enthusiasm and excitement for the former LSU superstar in his last two games.
Without Irving, Cam Thomas could have made a name for himself with the way he is playing. Kevin Durant now has two new works to collaborate on while Thomas’ explosive arrival is a welcome sight. The Nets could be the big winner in this deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
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