Could Kevin Durant end up staying with the Nets after all?
The 12-time All-Star rocked the NBA landscape when he asked for a trade out of Brooklyn this week.
But, according to at least one NBA analyst, that doesn't mean the Nets have to accommodate Durant's request.
Durant is in the first year of a four-year extension signed last offseason, so the Nets are "under no obligation to trade him unless they get an incredible package" in return, Audacy basketball insider Ryan McDonough said on NBA TV on Friday.
"And that is a strategy," he added.
Potentially complicating matters, according to the former Phoenix Suns GM, is the blockbuster trade that sent three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for several veteran players and a boatload of first-round draft picks.
"I think, with this Rudy Gobert package, the price for KD went up even more," McDonough said.
The Nets could simply ask for an impossible return, he added, thereby sandbagging the Durant sweepstakes.
"I know Kevin Durant and his camp don't want to hear this, but from a front-office perspective, you can set an extremely high -- maybe an impossibly high -- bar, and say, 'If we get this package we'll do it.' Well if the other 29 teams don't offer a package of that magnitude, then you go back to Kevin Durant and say, 'Look, we tried. We want you. We have a good team. Let's try to work this out.'
"That's not what KD wants, but I do think that is an option unless somebody blows the Brooklyn Nets away."