Raptors could make push for Kevin Durant: Report


With Kevin Durant’s Nets career all but over, the question now becomes what kind of package Brooklyn will get back for its superstar.

Due to the bulk of their future first-round picks, many of them unprotected, going to the Rockets due to the James Harden trade, the Nets can’t go into a traditional rebuild via the draft, and will need established players coming back in any trade for Durant. So, with Durant still performing at a superstar level and having just signed a four year contract, what team can satisfy the demands of what will likely be a historic haul coming back to Brooklyn?

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the Raptors shouldn’t be counted out.

“I think a team that's lurking, and is going to lurk in this, is Toronto," Wojnarowski said on ESPN’s free agency special. “They have all the kinds of pieces that you would want, and their picks, to do a deal for Kevin Durant. And they have an organization, leader in Masai Ujiri, who certainly -- you saw the chance he took on Kawhi Leonard with one year left on his deal.

"How far are the Raptors willing to go in an offer to Brooklyn? Would they offer Scottie Barnes? I think that's a player that Toronto, almost under any circumstances, would not like to part with. But having him on their roster - Pascal Siakam, all the other talented players, contracts that might match up - I think you keep watching Toronto to see how involved they might get for Kevin Durant.”

Wojnarowski said Thursday that half the league reached out to the Nets as soon as news broke that Durant had asked to be traded, so Brooklyn can capitalize on a bidding war, one that the Raptors may have a shot to win.

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