Now it gets real for Heat over Bam Adebayo in Kevin Durant trade – OlxPraca

This is how the NBA commercial game is played, sending signals without ownership.

For the Miami Heat, the latest message couldn’t have been broadcast any more clearly, that it is. Bam Adibio or Tut When it comes to where the Brooklyn Nets trade line stands with Kevin Durant.

Monday was the latest example of how messages don’t have to be said to resonate.

Think Boston Celtics president Brad Stevens wants to deal with the losses if Jaylen Brown isn’t moved in a trade with the Nets? It could be even more solid than Deandre Ayton’s reunion with the Phoenix Suns after his free agency debacle.

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

The bar has now been set after dueling and closely timed reports from ESPN and The Athletic regarding the Celtics’ willingness to include Brown in a package for Durant.

So here it is, without saying, Marcus said: Bring up a recent All-Star, and then we’ll talk. Brown was an All-Star in 2021, Adebayo in 2020. Each has worn the position once.

This is how the NBA trade tables are set up.

For all the talk of Danny Ainge wanting at least a four, five, six or more first round pick for Donovan Michel, has anyone actually heard him say these words, post them on social media, Have they submitted in writing?

And yet the Utah Jazz couldn’t make it clear, either get the draft pick in hand or don’t waste the effort.

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

What ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania have done is raise Marks’ aspirations for the rest of the NBA, that he has an offer for a young NBA All-Star.

So do the Toronto Raptors reconsider now with Scotty Barnes, who is thought to be off limits? Or put Pascal Siakam (2020 All-Star) in the game?

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

And, yes, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (2022 All-Star) is coming in as a fallback.

Until the Celtics’ deal with Brown, it was thought that Durant could be worth less than a dollar on the dollar, especially considering he turned 34 at the start of training camp and was injured. Missed the entire 2019-20 season because of it. Won one playoff series as a member of the Nets.

Now the auction reserve price has been set.

no. And, no Kyle Lowry, at 36, fits the definition of a young All-Star, 11 years older than Brown.

Although barely disclosed, yes, the Heat have discussed Adebayo in a Durant trade. Whenever a major trade piece hits the market, it’s nothing more than due diligence, just like when favorite franchise pieces Brian Grant and Caron Butler were traded for Shaquille O’Neal in 2004 or when Eddie Jones was dealt. had gone. Year after year to complete a championship cover.

But it’s different now that a certain highly influential member of the franchise recently overthrew Adebayo’s limitations. This was before the stake was formally raised. Now, it will take the same. Because now the party avoiding Net’s machinations has set the bar on Jaylen Brown. . . Or better? (Although there is a sticky situation with Adebayo not being allowed to join the Nets’ roster with Ben Simmons, due to salary cap constraints.)

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

But then you also look at how much of the future will be burned by moving Adebayo and Harrow.

With Butler 32, Lowry 36 and Durant 34, you’re likely looking at a two-year window, which coincides with the time remaining on Lowry’s contract.

Then, with Hero, Adebayo and draft picks, there will be no future, with Pete Riley likely passing the torch instead.

Durant has a ways to go. . . At the expense of future shock.

Otherwise, Monday’s disclosure regarding Brown made it clear that going to an offseason Plan B would not be a net loss for the Heat.