The rule that ‘makes it impossible’ for KD to arrive in Miami

In Brooklyn Nets they seem to be willing (or hopelessly doomed) to transfer Kevin Durant after his request to leave. But they won’t do it at any price. Or yes: a very expensive one. And after seeing what it cost Minnesota to land Rudy Gobert, the concept of ‘expensive’ may have taken on a new dimension in Sean Marks’ mind.

Durant, for his part and according to rumours, would like to land in a contend (are the Raptors?). This implies two things: going to a team that is good at the squad level, and that after his arrival continues to be good. And this seems hardly compatible with the meaning of ‘expensive’ that we have just given.

Practically getting KD involves dismantling a team, or at least taking on the departure of a couple of great players, a couple other solid ones for the rotation and the occasional draft round of notable value. All of this assuming that the Nets stick to their negotiating minimums and a team is willing to take the plunge.

ask without giving up

In Miami, in strict All-Star terms, there are three stars: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and Bam Adebayo. Then there’s a tremendous shaker off the bench in Tyler Herro and add other names to watch out for such as PJ Tucker, Markieff Morris, Victor Oladipo, Duncan Robinson, Gabe Vincent, Max Strus or the recently drafted Nikola Jovic.

Assuming Butler is untouchable (but really), the Nets wouldn’t be sitting at the table at all if Bam Adebayo’s name wasn’t on it. And there are two drawbacks to this. First Durant, who would want Butler and Adebayo in the project (as a good dog in the manger). But on the other hand and more importantly, the NBA’s own laws. And it is that even if the understanding reigned and Heat and KD gave in, including the center in the transfer to two bands, he could not land in Brooklyn in any case. Not while Ben Simmons was still there.

Super rookies one by one

The NBA has ten thousand rules and almost twice as many exceptions. One of these is the Designated Rookie Extension rule, by virtue of which it is not possible to acquire, via transfer, two players who have been chosen to sign a maximum extension under said rule, and have both simultaneously in the squad. Or Ben or Bam. If there is Bam there is no Ben. And vice versa.

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