With the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League on the books and training camps not expected to open for more than two months, many NBA executives are preparing to take vacations, which could delay the resolution of disputes. top trade candidates in the league, including Nets star Kevin Durant.
“From what I understand, trade negotiations involving Kevin Durant have slowed to a trickle,” Brian Windhorst said Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up (video link via Talkin’ NBA). “You can always get Nets people on the phone if you want to make an offer, but they’re not aggressive, I’m told, making outbound calls.
“The league is about to take its first major vacation in two years. People are scattering across Europe and national parks, and Kevin Durant is still a Net. I don’t think that will change in the short term. »
As Windhorst alludes to, the 2020 and 2021 offseasons have been compressed due to changes to the NBA schedule caused by COVID-19. This is the league’s first full and normal offseason since 2019.
Not everyone will be on vacation for the next two months, so it’s certainly possible that trade talks will pick up again in August or early September – or even later this month. Still, the break in the NBA schedule is slowing momentum toward any major deals. This applies to Jazzit is Donovan Mitchell speaks too, Windhorst said.
“Donovan Mitchell’s situation is really heading towards an impasse”, Windhorst said on Get Up (video link via Talkin’ NBA). “Sticker shock is there for the price the Jazz is asking, and the Jazz is like, ‘Look, we’re in no rush. We’ll sit and wait for you to meet him. The teams are like, ‘We we’re not going to increase our (offers).’ And Donovan Mitchell isn’t pushing it, so hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer.
Here are some other trade rumors surrounding the NBA:
- Windhorst suggested on Wednesday’s episode of Get Up (video link) that he doesn’t watch a Kyrie Irving/Russell Westbrook the trade between Nets and Lakers as particularly likely at this stage: “It was discussed weeks ago and has not moved forward.”
- Windhorst also said the motivation for Durant’s Brooklyn trade request remains somewhat vague, which may be one reason no real progress has been made toward a resolution. “He spoke to the owner, Joe Tsaiand gave a reason (why he wanted to be traded), but I’m not sure the Nets are 100% on understanding this one,” said Windhorst. “I think the next step in that area – unless a team changes their mind to meet the Nets’ price tag, which I don’t see at this point in the schedule – I think we’ll have to wait until we have News from Kevin Durant how open he is to returning him with the Nets Here we go, as everyone takes a break for the summer, sitting and waiting for it to happen.
- Appearing on a Spotify Live session with Marc Stein, Tony Jones of The Athletic confirmed that the Jazz have had trade discussions with teams this offseason about the point guard Mike Conley, but admitted he’s not sure there’s much of a market for Conley at this point (hats off to HoopsHype). Conley capped $22.68 million in 2022/23, with a partial guarantee ($14.32 million) on his $24.36 million salary for 23/24.