Kevin Durant turned the NBA world on its head a few weeks ago when he requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.
Immediately, everyone stepped forward to the table with an offer for the future Hall of Famer.
Although the Nets are reportedly shocked at how bad the proposals thus far have been, there is definitely interest from pretty much every team.
Durant is said to be open to several options, but he has his limits as well.
According to Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype, there is one team Durant has zero interest in joining: the New Orleans Pelicans.
“The Pelicans have assets to get Durant, but multiple NBA executives don’t think a small market team like New Orleans would make a strong push for Durant since they have two young All-Stars in Zion Williamson signed to an extension and Brandon Ingram signed through the next three seasons,” he wrote.
“Other rival executives believe Durant wouldn’t want to be traded to New Orleans.”
The irony here, of course, is that going to a place like New Orleans would be the best possible move for Durant. It would rehab his image like few other remedies could.
The two big arguments against Durant these days are the way he ditched the small market Oklahoma City Thunder for the superstar-laden Golden State Warriors and the fact that he can’t carry a team on his own.
Winning with the Pelicans would destroy both of those arguments.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski recently broke down which team is “most determined” to land Durant. And so long as there are willing suitors out there, there’s no reason for Durant to get desperate.
Now that’s a vacation. https://t.co/QN73afdQ4t
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 14, 2022
Eventually, he will land in new circumstances – it’s just a matter of when.
Where will Durant ultimately end up when it’s all said and done? It’s impossible to say.
But one place it definitely won’t be? New Orleans.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.