The Kevin Durant trade sweepstakes has had NBA fans and pundits firing up the ole Trade Machine with renewed fervor.
Among those getting in on the action was The Ringer founder and podcaster Bill Simmons.
But NBA trades proposals are rarely as simple as they seem, with all kinds of arcane rules stipulations and wonky mechanisms such as sign-and-trades, the traded player exception, Bird rights, salary cap considerations, and more.
Apparently, Simmons -- an NBA awards voter -- could stand to brush up on some of this stuff, because he was busted this week floating trade scenarios involving Durant that would be unallowable under the Designated Rookie rule.
That statute stipulates that teams can't have more than one player on the roster who signed a maximum extension coming off a rookie contract and was acquired via trade. The Nets already have one such player in Ben Simmons (no relation to Bill), whom of course they acquire from the Sixers in the James Harden trade.
After floating a Durant-for-Bam Adebayo swap, Bill Simmons was apparently informed that such a move wouldn't work unless the Nets moved Ben Simmons, because Adebayo signed a maximum extension with the Heat on top of his rookie deal.
Simmons then revised his proposal, suggesting Durant and Ben Simmons for Jimmy Butler and Adebayo.
That deal, although probably far-fetched, could work, but Bill Simmons then proceeded to float Durant for Hawks star Trae Young, another player who signed a maximum extension off his rookie contract. This, again, would give the Nets two such players in Young and Ben Simmons.
Young apparently caught wind of the nonsensical proposal and had a good laugh at Simmons' expense.
"Dumb ass," Young said on Twitter, with laughing and facepalm emojis.
Other notable players who would be off-limits to the Nets under the Designated Rookie rule unless they were to move Simmons include Luka Doncic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, De'Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins, and Joel Embiid, according to Sam Quinn of CBS Sports.
Nobody said the NBA's trade system was simple, but one would think a podcaster with Simmons' reach would do his research before spitballing impossible proposals for such a large audience.