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SportKevin Durant 'balked' at idea of Warriors trading him only for D'Angelo Russell, report says

21:01  11 july  2019
21:01  11 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Kevin Durant 'balked' at idea of Warriors trading him only for D'Angelo Russell, report says © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

Kevin Durant likely won't play in 2019-20, but he's still contributing to the Nets' future.

The Warriors sent the now-Nets superstar to Brooklyn as part of a sign-and-trade for D'Angelo Russell this summer. While the deal was initially meant to be a one-for-one exchange, Durant was against the idea of such an "unfair" trade and pressured Golden State to part with a protected future first-round pick as well, according to a report from ESPN's Brian Windhorst, which cited unidentified league sources.

Windhorst wrote:

"First, Durant initially balked at being traded for Russell straight up, multiple sources said. He didn't think it was a fair deal, and in this case, the Warriors had to not just satisfy the Nets, but also Durant."

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"Leverage was applied by the player, and Golden State had to include a first-round pick before Durant would agree to sign off. The Warriors begrudgingly gave it up and did so with a heavy condition: If the pick falls within the top 20 next year, they don't have to send it, and instead will only give Brooklyn a second-round pick ... in six years. It's one of the most unusual pick protections the NBA has seen recently."

Durant has since inked a four-year, $164 million deal with the Nets and has a player option in 2022-23. He will join his close friend in star point guard Kyrie Irving, who also signed a four-year max deal with Brooklyn this offseason.

While Durant's recovery from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of this year's NBA Finals will delay his return to the court, the Nets have a talented young core featuring the likes of Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen to work with in his absence.

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If the pick Golden State included in Durant's sign-and-trade is outside the top 20, it could become a quality asset or building block for Brooklyn down the road.

The Warriors will look noticeably different next year, as star guard Klay Thompson is expected to miss most of 2019-20 rehabbing a torn ACL. They'll have to hope Russell becomes a serviceable replacement in the meantime, especially given his hefty three-year, $117 million contract.

Warriors trade rumors: Golden State hoping to deal D'Angelo Russell at some point next season.
The Warriors “hope to trade Russell in a deal at some point next season for future assets,” according to the Mercury News. Golden State acquired the 23-year-old guard from the Nets in a sign-and-trade Sunday, according to multiple reports. Russell is set to sign a four-year, $117 million contract with the Warriors, according to ESPN. Golden State and Brooklyn have agreed on a sign-and-trade, sending D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors on a four-year, $117M maximum contract, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019 Russell had a career-year for the Nets last season, averaging 21.

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