The fantasies of a potential Miami Heat-Brooklyn Nets blockbuster deal that involves Kevin Durant may have finally ended.
According to Anthony Chiang and Barry Jackson of Miami Herald, the Heat has decided they are moving forward for next season with the original lineup due to the Nets’ lack of interest in their offered assets.
Though they could be leaving the conversations for now, Miami would still try to open up a possible transaction in order to acquire the superstar forward – should it become a “realistic option down the road.”
Hat tip on HoopsHype:
“While the Miami Heat remains interested in Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets have displayed little interest in the Heat’s offer for the high-scoring superstar and Miami is moving ahead with its current roster for next season, according to sources briefed on the situation.”
“According to a source, the Heat could revisit a potential trade for Durant if it becomes a more realistic option down the road but is not in a holding pattern awaiting clarity from the Nets.”
The Heat suddenly emerged as a suitor for the Durant sweepstakes, as they tried to offer perhaps a bountiful threshold in order to land a pact. But by not including big man Bam Adebayo, the Nets reportedly didn’t show any signs of intent to call it an agreement.
The Nets hold high regard on Adebayo, who is just at 25 years of age and an All-Defensive stalwart. As such, it is only justifiable for the Nets to squeeze up every ounce of asking price from the Heat – as the trade centers around the future hall of famer and one of the game’s greatest.
Losing P.J. Tucker in this free agency against the Philadelphia 76ers, having Durant to be inserted as a replacement within their four would be an ultimate pipe dream for the Heat. But this scenario only means they’ll give up their roster depth and a probable Defensive Player of the Year winner in the future. Not to mention, the age and longevity of their stars are slowly fading and would be in sense of doubt by having the two-time Finals MVP, with Jimmy Butler already at 32 and Kyle Lowry approaching the twilight of his career at age 36.
As such, by having a considerable decent offseason, Miami remains lacking pieces in order to further surpass the final hurdles that will lead them to the coveted NBA title. Durant is undeniably the last puzzle piece, but their chase to get him remains unrealistic for now given his all-time price tag.