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The Trade Package The Brooklyn Nets Would Never Refuse For Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant has recently requested a trade, and there's no doubt that a lot of teams will likely be doing due diligence on adding him to their roster. Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the league, and there's no question that he is a difference-maker that can turn a regular playoff team into a contender.

A team that could potentially risk it all to get Kevin Durant is the New Orleans Pelicans. They have a lot of tradeable assets and solid young players. The deal would be headlined by MIP and All-Star Brandon Ingram. Here is the potential trade package.

New Orleans Pelicans Receive: Kevin Durant

Brooklyn Nets Receive: Brandon Ingram, Herb Jones, Devonté Graham, 2024 First-Round Pick (NOP), 2024 First-Round Pick (LAL), 2026 First-Round Pick (MIL), 2025 First-Round Pick Swap (NOP), 2026 First-Round Pick Swap (NOP), 2029 First-Round Pick Swap (NOP) 

The Pelicans Would Have An Instant Championship Team

Brandon Ingram and Herb Jones are both great basketball players. Brandon Ingram had an amazing playoff run, and Herb Jones made the All-Rookie team due to his top-tier defense. However, perhaps the chance to get one of the best players in the world to come to New Orleans and team up with Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum could be worth it.

There's no doubt that this package would be a lot to give up for any player. The draft compensation (3 first-round picks, 3 pick swaps favoring Nets) involved on top of giving away an All-Star and a top perimeter defender is insane. But if there is someone in the league that it is worth taking this risk for, it is Kevin Durant. The best part for the New Orleans Pelicans would be that they would keep incoming rookie Dyson Daniels in this deal, as well as a promising shooter in Trey Murphy III, by sending out draft compensation that the Brooklyn Nets would likely need to rebuild. They would also be getting off Devonté Graham's poor contract.

Kevin Durant has shown that he can be the best player on a championship team, winning the 2017 and 2018 Finals MVPs with the Golden State Warriors. Perhaps he and Zion Williamson will make a new superstar duo that can dominate the Western Conference. The New Orleans Pelicans would also have an elite third option in CJ McCollum, who can create his own shot and space the floor. They would have an instant championship core, as well as Kevin Durant, on a long-term deal.

Overall, this trade would be a high-risk, high-reward trade for the New Orleans Pelicans. However, championships are why the game is played, and perhaps it could turn out to be a good deal for them.

The Brooklyn Nets Get A Franchise Centerpiece

The Brooklyn Nets would get two elite young players in this deal. Brandon Ingram is an elite offensive forward who can do it all on the court, and areas he excels in are midrange shot creation and playmaking for others. If Ingram gets his 3PT percentage up to the same level as it was during the 2020-21 season, and he becomes a legitimate three-level scorer, then he could become an All-NBA performer. Overall, Brandon Ingram would be a fantastic centerpiece to get in return for Kevin Durant.

Herb Jones is an elite perimeter defender, and he has shown flashes of playmaking and slashing ability on the offensive end as well. His jumper is also much improved, and Herb Jones definitely has the potential to be an elite 3 and D player for a long time. He and Ben Simmons would be extremely tough to deal with for opposing players as a defensive tandem as well.

The draft compensation involved in this trade would be very valuable. In particular, the 2024 first-round pick from the Lakers and the 2026 first-round pick from the Bucks could be top-tier, as it is unclear what position those teams will be in a few years from now. The pick swaps will favor the Brooklyn Nets, and those would be in 2025, 2026, and 2029, far from the hypothetical contention window for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Devonté Graham's contract is in this deal for salary matching purposes, but if the Brooklyn Nets give him playing time, he could potentially play up his value. That would mean he could be traded later on to aid their rebuild/retool.

It remains to be seen if this hypothetical trade scenario will happen. But it is clear that the New Orleans Pelicans have one of the best potential packages for Kevin Durant, and we'll see if they end up engaging with the Brooklyn Nets about a trade.