Star player Luka Doncic should be recruiting right now: 1. Kevin Durant
KD asked to be traded this offseason, but the Brooklyn Nets could not find a suitable deal, so the 34-year-old superstar agreed to rejoin the team. He is just starting a four-year extension worth $197.5 million. Durant has a lot of reasons to play, including his love for the game, but what if things go sideways for the Nets again this season?
There is no way Durant returns if there is turmoil in Brooklyn all season, and they get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs again. Kyrie Irving is likely to depart in free agency next summer, and KD will demand a trade. At that point, the Nets will have no choice, but to trade him.
Fans know superstar players often pick their destinations. James Harden chose the Nets before requesting and getting a trade to Philadelphia. What if Durant says he wants to go to the Mavericks in his trade request?
Next summer, the Mavs could offer Brooklyn the entire cupboard of draft picks. The Nets are not incentivized to bottom out as they owe multiple draft picks to the Rockets, but having the reputation of accommodating superstar players is important.
Luka Doncic should be recruiting Kevin Durant to Dallas. KD wanted to go to Phoenix to play with Devin Booker and Chris Paul, but the Mavericks just knocked them out of the playoffs. Number 77 needs to pitch KD on playing with him and winning a ring in Dallas.
Will the Dallas Mavericks land a second star to pair with Luka? It is a storyline to watch over the next two years as they try to build an annual title challenger around their young superstar before it is too late.