From: Altadena, CA
ORIGINAL: David Levine
ORIGINAL: Phil Riewer
Rumors from GMS:
If — and this is an IF — the Wolves’ trade for Rudy Gobert played some role in the Nets being unable to execute a deal involving KD, well, the Wolves come out winners again because they helped keep him from coming West.
& another Tweet
A single Timberwolves trade put an end to small ball, the trade market, and league parity all at once
Hard to see these things "ending" because a medium market team made a trade that has their 5---who is best defensed by 4s and cannot defend 4s---becoming a 4. Wolves should be better, supporting parity, and may have made small ball work even better in the playoffs (though a good case could be made for the opposite for this particular team, as with Cleveland).
Whose tweet was that? Doesn't read like a Jon K tweet.
Wolves are a convenient scapegoat that likely had nothing to do with the Nets not getting their price.
Wolves might have paid more in 1st round picks than other recent trades, but what people neglect to mention is that while we gave out some very nice roleplayers, these types of blockbuster trades almost always have higher end talent going out. We did not give up anything on the level of an SGA, Ingram or even Lonzo Ball.
IMO, that balances out the draft pick capital quite a bit.
I'd say the real reason Durant is still a Net is there wasn't really a big trade market for a great player that is 34 years old, has played 90 games total the past 2 years and is showing signs that he can't be happy anywhere.
Add in that he has 4 more years on his deal with no outs, and he didn't have the leverage other stars have had.
Very true, and, though of course valuable, first rounders are over-rated to me. A creative exec team can offset a good chunk of the loss of picks in the 20s, especially when you consider they would have most likely been picks in the teens had the Wolves stood pat. And then there is the reality that you usually have to give value to get value.