All-NBA forward Kevin Durant could become tradeable as the Brooklyn Nets become candidates for a roster teardown and the Portland Trail Blazers could be contenders. ESPN analysts Zach Lowe and Bobby Marks sat down on the Lowe Post this week to add teams to the list of teams that might be interested in Kevin Durant. Those three teams included the Washington Wizards, Knicks and New York Blazers, once again contracts became negotiable in January.
Here is the transcript of the comments:
Marks: I’ve been there, I looked like Portland.
Lowe: There you go, you have my last Cinderella team, tell me about Portland.
Marks: All of this after these restrictions are lifted here and they should lift the protection, they owe Chicago a top 14 protected first for the next six years, so they should lift the protection. But if I look at their roster, isn’t Shaedon Sharpe on the board? Is he off the board in all dealings here? Their prized young recruit here. They have salary fillers, like Josh Hart, guys like that, rotation players. I’d put Jerami Grant on the case. Are Grant, Hart and Sharpe too many?
Lowe: I really like Shaedon Sharpe, that’s a lot and obviously we’re implying the three picks, three trades, whatever is involved for Durant. I think they would probably take Simons off the table. The Simons cannot be traded until January 15
The problem with Nurkic is that I have no center at all. I have Drew Eubanks and five small balls like Winslow and Trendon Watford who have not played this season. Should I get Claxton back. I find it hard to believe the Nets are going to draw a Claxton line in the sand. Should I find another center somewhere, probably, do I necessarily care.
That’s a lot though, I like what I’ve seen from Sharpe so far. Grant, I get Durant anyway, so I don’t care, Hart is a good starting rotation player for them. You have to think about it. I mean, you paid all that money to Damian Lillard, he’s 32, he’ll be 36 at the end of this contract, earning $60 million. So you’re ready for any phrase, a penny, or a pound, or a nickel, or whatever phrase. You might as well have a lot more. Portland and Washington are my tastes, maybe they didn’t have the juice in the summer but…
You can listen to the discussion here 41 minutes later.