Would The Thunder Really Consider Trading Kevin Durant?
Kevin Durant is, arguably, the best basketball player on the entire planet right now. He has been injured a lot this season and hasn’t gotten the opportunity to make another run at the MVP award. But over the last few years, KD has turned himself into a bonafide NBA superstar and solidified his standing as one of the best basketball players in the entire world. In the grand scheme of things, LeBron James is probably the only other player who could lay claim to the “Best Basketball Player in the World” title and make a legitimate argument for it. KD has been that good for the Oklahoma City Thunder in recent seasons.
With that in mind, there’s absolutely no way that the Thunder would consider trading KD, right? He’s just too good. Er, yes. We think. But yesterday morning, ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn, who used to work for the Portland Trail Blazers, made an appearance on Colin Cowherd‘s radio show and made a stunning revelation. He said that he believes the Thunder will try and trade KD next season, if they get the sense that he’s going to leave in free agency in the summer of 2016. And he also thinks that Russell Westbrook‘s recent surge—he has recorded five triple-doubles in his last six games—will allow Thunder general manager Sam Presti to do it without any regrets.
“Sam Presti has proven that he does not ever want to lose anybody for nothing,” Penn said. “He traded James Harden a year early to avoid a potential luxury tax problem a year later.”
Presti did surprise a lot of people when he traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets a couple years ago the season before he was set to become a free agent. So if Presti ultimately decides to trade KD, it won’t be a total shock. But it will rock the entire NBA and prove that no one is untouchable when it comes to trades, which is why we wouldn’t count on it happening. KD is too good and too important to Oklahoma City for them to ever think about trading him. So no matter how well Russell Westbrook plays between now and the end of the season, we wouldn’t expect to hear much trade chatter involving KD coming out of OKC.
What do you think about the possibility of the Thunder trading Kevin Durant?