Now It Gets Real To The Heat With respect to Bam Adebayo in Kevin Durant business – The Mercury News

This is how the NBA trading game is played, without sending signals of its own.

As for the Miami Heat, the latest message could not have been conveyed more clearly, that this bomb adebayo or bust When it comes to where the trade line of the Brooklyn Nets stands with Kevin Durant.

Monday was the latest example of how nothing needs to be said for the messages to resonate.

Think Boston Celtics president Brad Stevens wants to deal with the fallout if Jaylen Brown isn’t transferred to the trade with the Nets? It may be even more clingy than Deandre Ayton’s upcoming reunion with the Phoenix Suns after their free-agency failure.

But there’s no doubt that Sean Marks, the general manager of the Nets, couldn’t be happier.

The bar has now been set after a duel and closely timed reports from ESPN and The Athletic about the Celtics’ desire to include Brown in Durant’s package.

So, without saying, it’s been said by Marx: Put a recent All-Star forward, and then we’ll talk. Brown was an All-Star in 2021, Adebayo in 2020. Each has worn the designation once.

Here’s how it’s done, how the NBA trade tables are set up.

At least four, five, six or more first-round picks for Donovan Mitchell. For all the talk of Danny Ange, has anyone actually heard him say those words, post them on social media, write them down? keep in?

And yet the Utah Jazz couldn’t make it clear, either with draft picks in hand or not to waste the effort.

Now it’s the same with Nat and Durant and Brown.

The scoop, which ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, extended to Marx’s wishes for the rest of the NBA, that he has a young NBA All-Star offer.

So do the Toronto Raptors reconsider with Scotty Barnes now considered off-limits? Or hire Pascal Siakam (2020 All-Star)?

Do the New Orleans Pelicans cycle back with a package highlighted by Brandon Ingram (2020 All-Star), or, dare it be Zion Williamson?

And, yes, the Golden State Warriors carried Andrew Wiggins (2022 All-Star) as a fallback.

Until the revelation with the Celtics Browns, it was thought that Durant could be on the dollar for less than a dollar, especially considering that he turned 34 at the start of training camp and suffered an injury throughout 2019. -20 season, won a singles playoff series as a member of the Nets.

Now the reserve price for the auction has been fixed.

No, some sort of Tyler Herro-Duncan Robinson-choice proposal doesn’t make a deal for the Heat. And, Kyle Lowry, at 36, doesn’t quite fit the definition of a young all-star, 11 years older than Brown.

While hardly a revelation, yes, the Heat have discussed Adebayo in the Durant trade. Whenever a significant business piece hits the market, it’s nothing more than due diligence, just like when Shaquille O’Neal was hired in 2004 to play beloved franchise pieces Brian Grant and Karen Butler or When Eddie Jones was dealt. A year later to complete the championship corps.

But now it’s different from when a uniquely highly influential member of the franchise recently ruled Adebayo off-limits. That was before he formally placed the bet. Now, that would be it. Because now a party that’s aware of the Nets’ tricks has set the bar in Jaylen Brown. , , or better. (Although with Adebayo, there is a sticky situation with Ben Simmons not being on the Nets roster due to the oddity of the pay-range on the Nets roster.)

So with the Heat, you start here: Is the core of Durant, Lowry, and Jimmy Butler a championship core, or at least better than last season’s core that got the Heat within a game of the NBA Finals?

But then you also go to how much of the future will be consumed by moving Adebayo and Hero.

With Butler being 32, Lowry 36 and Durant 34, you’ll probably be looking at a two-year window, which coincides with Lowry’s remaining time on his contract.

Then, with here, adabio and draft picks, there will be no future, with the Pat Riley torch likely to pass instead.

A path remains for Durant. , , at the expense of future shocks.

Otherwise, Monday’s revelation about the Browns made it clear that moving on to offseason Plan B would result in no net loss for the Heat.


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