December 2, 2022

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The pros and cons of the Pelicans and Kevin Durant

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Fletcher Mackel sports video analysis: The pros and cons of the Pelicans and Kevin Durant



good saturday morning, everyone, I’m W. D. S. U. Sports anchor, fletcher, Mackel and I felt compelled to do this video because we have *** sports topic that is fantastic and it is dominating the headlines locally, the headlines. Sports talk radio, social media is exploding right now because of talk of kevin Durant to the Pelicans, it’s crazy that we’re even here. It just shows what the organization has been able to accomplish really in the last six months Kevin Durant, I think the best player in the NBA right now, one of the 10 greatest players of all time possibly coming to new Orleans. It’s *** far cry from where we were *** few years ago when no one wanted to come here and this organization was kind of looked at is kind of *** last resort you got sent there, you didn’t want to go there. Um what David, Griffin Trajan Langdon Swin cash, you know, head coach Willie Green, the addition of CJ Mccollum, the rookie class Brandon ingram, I mean look, I could go on and on and on. They have turned *** corner as an organization and they still have *** lot of winning to do. Look just because they had *** fantastic run late season and got into the playoffs. Doesn’t mean they’ve arrived, it means they are ascending and have the potential to arrive, so to say and that leads me back to Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant has requested *** trade from the Brooklyn nets reportedly he would like to go to phoenix or Miami, it’s just hard to see how those, how those deals shake out and and work out. Um look I love monty Williams, I think phoenix is *** really good team. They can’t trade Devin booker, I don’t know if the nets have interest in DeAndre Ayton same with Miami. They can’t send bam out of bio for for Durant. I really like Tyler Hero. I don’t know how you make *** deal work. I know Adrian Wojnarowski with with ESPN said *** team kind of waiting and lurking is is potentially the Toronto raptors certainly you look at what messiah jerry their executives and able to do maybe the best executive in the N. B ***. No offense to the people in New Orleans. I love Griffin intr asian and swing and the people doing *** great job but he’s brought that organization *** championship, He’s you know, reinvented that organization *** couple of times and it does *** great job. So teams with young assets, star players draft picks to get *** deal done. Obviously I think you look at Toronto but you look at new Orleans because new Orleans has all of those things so I just wanted to take *** few minutes because what I don’t like and let me be very clear about this. What I don’t like is people that say you can get Durant, you go all in, you get Durant, it’s not even it’s not even *** thought you get kevin Durant that that that I don’t believe in, I also don’t believe in the people that say you don’t get Durant, forget Durant, you keep this core together, you build with this team. I don’t like that. I don’t like polarizing either way in anything in life overall. So I certainly don’t like these polarizing thoughts. I think it’s *** very difficult decision and it should be *** very difficult decision. So I want to look at the pros and cons of kevin Durant potentially coming to New Orleans. The pro is what I kind of laid out. He’s I think the best player top to bottom in the N. B. ***. Right now and I know there’s other people we can make arguments for, he’s one of the best players in the N. B. ***. Um and so if you can add *** player like this, even going on 34 years old, you potentially make yourself *** championship team overnight in the Western Conference. You are now almost on equal footing with the Golden State Warriors or any of the elite teams in the Western Conference in the NBA overall. And I love what boston did recently. I think boston is gonna be fantastic again next year. Here’s the problem. You have two more than likely give up either Zion Williamson and Brandon ingram, I’m taking Brandon ingram off the table in potential right now. Not because he’s off the table, but because I think one David Griffin has *** massive affinity for Brandon ingram. He’s everything he wants in *** star player. He made *** huge push in the playoffs to show us what kind of player he can be in the post season. He’s been *** good soldier. So to say through thick and thin here in new Orleans. And plus I think that if I Brooklyn I want Zion the box office, the 21 year old who could turn into the next potential Joel embiid if his injury situation is in his past. So if I’m New Orleans and the offer on the table is Zion Williamson for Kevin Durant, it’s it’s *** tough, I probably still keep Zion, I’ve told everybody this because I like the core. I like what new Orleans has done. I think they could be Memphis of *** season ago. Memphis went from being the nine seed to being the two seed and it’s still *** championship contender with *** young core. That’s what new Orleans can be next year. But if you could do Zion salary filler and maybe one pick in new Orleans could keep CJ McCullum Brandon ingram, Jonas, valanciunas, herb jones and all their good young players from last year and you basically swapped Zion and salary filler guys like Devontae Graham Garrett Temple um Jaxson Hayes, uh maybe *** pick. Maybe Kyra Lewis going with him. I I think that that’s something to think about. That’s where I don’t like the polarizing opinions. If you don’t do it, you do it. I think if you’re Brooklyn you probably say we’ll take the box office of Zion we’ll take the 21 year old and then we’ll flip Kyrie Irving for something else. And we’ll build around let’s say you flip Kyrie to Miami for Duncan Robinson and Tyler Hero their their draft pick this year and any assets they have. If you’re Brooklyn you say we’ve got Ben Simmons now we’ve got Zion we’ve got Duncan Robinson, we’ve got joe Harris. You know we’ve got Tyler Hero. We can put enough shooting around Ben Simmons and Zion and we’ve got *** young core that we are now *** good team in the Eastern Conference. I think Brooklyn justifies that if you’re new Orleans you say okay we traded Zion at 21 that’s the great unknown because he could be an M. V. P. Player. He could be the next great star in this league but we are getting Durant and that makes us *** championship contender right now. I mean imagine *** team with C. J. B. I. Uh Durant, Herb jones Jonas and then you’ve got guys like Trey Murphy and Jose and nance coming off the bench. I mean who stops B. I. And K. D. I mean what what defense can stop that. I mean even boston’s perimeter defense may not be able to stop that when C. J. Mccollum would be your third best offensive player. I mean that’s pretty fantastic and then you can roll you know be eyes locked in defensively that that’s strong Durant can be locked in defensively and it’s awesome. And then with herb jones and Alvarado and and you keep dicing Daniels. I mean it’s *** tough decision. I still think in my heart of Hearts I think David Griffin talked about the fact that that he didn’t love the way the team was built in the pressure. He was under in Cleveland when he had Lebron James. It was when now no excuses it’s championship or bust every year in the pressure. And he used the term the inorganic way that that was built did not feel right. So that’s why I think he stays the course and he doesn’t trade Zion for for for K. D. And he can probably tell by on the Brooklyn that’s wanted you and we told them hell no. And even if it’s B. I. He can go to him and say the Brooklyn wanted you we told him hell no we think you are the next Durant because you are Durant like and we didn’t want to do that deal. We want to keep this core together. We’ve built this organically there were some bumps in the road but we’re headed in the direction we want to go to the positivity of that organization is truly tangible and and so to me that’s why I say I don’t do it. Um even though it’s tempting and you can see it’s tempting for me to talk about right now because I do like it. I do think Durant in New Orleans with with B. I. And with C. J. And with Uranus and with her with trey Murphy. I I mean I just really green who’s who’s coached KD and Golden State for *** year. Um You know jerry Collins who is the associate head coach had KD all three years. They have *** relationship. I can see it, I can envision it but I still don’t think I do it now for one of the real reasons why I don’t think I do it is one getting Durant put you in the luxury tax and not saying New Orleans won’t pay the luxury tax. They’re one of only two teams to have never paid the luxury tax. There’s nothing wrong with that. Golden State won two championships without paying the luxury tax. But once you get good in the N. B. ***. You have to pay the luxury tax. If you want to sustain being *** contender, it’s just if you develop good players that get paid you gotta pay them and you’ve got to pay the luxury tax. But Durant automatically put you into the luxury tax which automatically means you need to be *** contender and *** championship contender right away. No if andS or butS and the other thing is well I love Kevin Durant again you can see my affinity for him There is the league is *** Star League right now and and star players. I mean James Harden in 15 months demanded to trade out trades trades away and once out Kevin Durant just demanded *** trade out. Kyrie Irving wants *** trade out guys demand trades. I don’t love it. And I don’t love the way that that’s the way the NBA works *** lot. But it’s the reality of how it works. I remember paul George went to Oklahoma city, everybody thought he’d leave. He signed an extension, he did one full year there and then he said peace out, I’m out. I don’t wanna be here trade me. That’s my biggest concern with Kevin Durant is that if he gets traded to New Orleans and he likes what he sees right away. But what if they go out and say seven games in the second round next year against Golden State? Does he say, hey, I gave it *** year in New Orleans. I want out now. I want to go to *** bigger market. I want to go to Miami or new york or L. ***. Because that’s unfortunately what happens sometimes guys want the sexier star glitzier markets is he here invested for two or three years if I knew Kevin Durant was all in with this core for two or three years, no matter what I would probably say I do it but I just don’t know now. Look, Zion may not be in, I mean Zion could demand the trade in two or three years. That’s why I say if I knew I had to write for two or three years, my biggest concern is I don’t know if I have Durant past one year, I would hope I have him for one year. But if the fit isn’t right, if he’s not comfortable, if they don’t win enough, does he went out and then you traded Zion for one year of Kevin Durant and I wouldn’t do it. And I also like the fact that I don’t love the star teams. I just I think that that’s one of the things that bothers me about basketball. And so I think it’s funny when the Lakers erupt and it implode. Like last year they get Russell, Westbrook, everybody’s talking about 70 wins and they implode. You know, Durant and Kyrie went to Brooklyn and I was one of the people who thought Brooklyn was gonna be *** championship contender for years to come. It was three years of nothingness. So I think that we all smirk and laugh at the super teams now because I think we we appreciate it. At least I appreciate when teams do it the right way. Golden State drafted and built that the right way. Golden State was uh an outpost when curry got there and they built that with Draymond and Steph curry and Klay Thompson hiring the right people and and what what what Myers their Gm did and I mean look, they built it the right way with the right people. Um I, I certainly like that. I remember the Oklahoma City teams, you know, that were built with Durant and Harden and Westbrook and Ibaka and all those guys. So I kind of want to see David griffin traditions win their their team, bryson do something that isn’t just by *** championship, do it win now. So while I am fascinated by this Durant talk and I think it’s amazing that we’re even having this conversation. I think more than likely he ends up someplace else. Toronto seems like *** good landing spot. You know, they went all in for Kauai and it worked out for them. They have *** lot of the same pieces the Pelicans have, they have, you know, you know, O. G. They have, they have pascal siac um they have Scottie Barnes, they have draft picks, they have enough to make it work. Like the Pelicans. I think maybe he ends up in Toronto or maybe there’s just *** dark horse team we’re not talking about for Durant. I think it’s fascinating. I think it’s *** conversation that should be had, but at the end of the day, I hope I’ve laid out some pros and cons of getting Durant not getting Durant. I see it and if he comes it’ll be exciting. Um and if he doesn’t come. I think it’s still, you should be excited for the Pelicans because of what they’ve done in the way they’re heading. But it’s *** fascinating conversation and I just for my friends for other media members, for fans, I’m glad everybody has opinions on it. I don’t love the polarizing. You gotta get them if you get them. It’s stupid to get them. I don’t like those. I am somewhere in the middle and it should be in the middle because it’s not an easy decision and it shouldn’t be an easy decision if it’s actual reality. And I do think it’s reality. I do think conversations have been had by Brooklyn and new Orleans Upper management in New Orleans upper management with Brooklyn. But at the end of the day, I do think that the best course of action for the Pelicans is to stay the course with Zion B. I. C. J. Herb Jonas, that’s your starting five and then you have amazing depth. You have another good draft and they will tweak the roster. I certainly think we’re gonna see Devontae, Graham, Garrett Temple Jaxson Hayes move on. Minor moves to tweak the roster and uh and this team I think has *** chance to finish in the top four in the Western Conference and make *** serious run next year against anybody they face in *** in *** best of seven playoff. So thanks for spending about 15 minutes with me. I took my glasses off so I can’t see the timer right now. But I can see it says It looks like between 12 and 15. So uh so yeah, you have *** good Saturday. Have *** good weekend if you’ve watched all this. Thank you.

Fletcher Mackel sports video analysis: The pros and cons of the Pelicans and Kevin Durant

AP source: Kevin Durant asks for trade from Brooklyn NetsKevin Durant may be taking his quest for more titles elsewhere.Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision that undoubtedly will have teams scrambling to put together offers for the perennial All-Star.The Nets have been working with Durant to find a trade partner, and he has multiple teams on his preferred list, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither the player nor Brooklyn revealed any details publicly.ESPN first reported Durant’s trade request, citing Phoenix and Miami as two of his preferred destinations. The bombshell came just hours before the NBA’s free-agent period for this summer was set to begin.The news also came exactly three years to the day after Durant announced that he was joining Brooklyn in a social-media post — a move that came June 30, 2019.Durant is a 12-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NBA champion — those rings coming with Golden State, the team he was with before joining Brooklyn. He has four years and nearly $200 million remaining on his contract, which means that it may take a haul of players, draft picks or possibly both for a team to acquire him.Durant has played 14 seasons, not including one year when he sat out while recovering from a torn Achilles. He has averaged 27.2 points in his career — over that span, only LeBron James, at 27.3 points per game, has averaged more.And even at his age — Durant will turn 34 on Sept. 29, around the time training camps open this fall — he is still one of the best players in the game, his 6-foot-10 frame making his jump shot almost unstoppable by any defender.Durant spent three seasons with Brooklyn, not playing in the first of those years while he recovered from the Achilles injury. He averaged 29.9 points in 55 games last season, after leading the U.S. to Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.Unless he changes his mind and stays, his departure will be a huge blow to the Nets. At this time last year, the Nets were banking on contending for a championship with a core led by Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.That plan didn’t come close to reality. Irving missed much of the year because of his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19; he was ineligible to play in home games for the majority of the season. Harden wound up getting traded to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons, who didn’t play at all last season. Durant led Brooklyn into the playoffs, where it was swept in the first round by eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston.And the offseason hasn’t exactly been calm for the Nets, either. Irving’s future was a major question mark until he decided to exercise his $37 million option earlier this week to remain with Brooklyn this coming season.Now, Durant wants out, and the Nets will either have to change his mind or go ahead with moves that will overhaul their team.

Kevin Durant may be taking his quest for more titles elsewhere.

Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision that undoubtedly will have teams scrambling to put together offers for the perennial All-Star.

The Nets have been working with Durant to find a trade partner, and he has multiple teams on his preferred list, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither the player nor Brooklyn revealed any details publicly.

ESPN first reported Durant’s trade request, citing Phoenix and Miami as two of his preferred destinations. The bombshell came just hours before the NBA’s free-agent period for this summer was set to begin.

The news also came exactly three years to the day after Durant announced that he was joining Brooklyn in a social-media post — a move that came June 30, 2019.

Durant is a 12-time All-Star, four-time scoring champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NBA champion — those rings coming with Golden State, the team he was with before joining Brooklyn. He has four years and nearly $200 million remaining on his contract, which means that it may take a haul of players, draft picks or possibly both for a team to acquire him.

Durant has played 14 seasons, not including one year when he sat out while recovering from a torn Achilles. He has averaged 27.2 points in his career — over that span, only LeBron James, at 27.3 points per game, has averaged more.

And even at his age — Durant will turn 34 on Sept. 29, around the time training camps open this fall — he is still one of the best players in the game, his 6-foot-10 frame making his jump shot almost unstoppable by any defender.

Durant spent three seasons with Brooklyn, not playing in the first of those years while he recovered from the Achilles injury. He averaged 29.9 points in 55 games last season, after leading the U.S. to Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.

Unless he changes his mind and stays, his departure will be a huge blow to the Nets. At this time last year, the Nets were banking on contending for a championship with a core led by Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.

That plan didn’t come close to reality. Irving missed much of the year because of his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19; he was ineligible to play in home games for the majority of the season. Harden wound up getting traded to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons, who didn’t play at all last season. Durant led Brooklyn into the playoffs, where it was swept in the first round by eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston.

And the offseason hasn’t exactly been calm for the Nets, either. Irving’s future was a major question mark until he decided to exercise his $37 million option earlier this week to remain with Brooklyn this coming season.

Now, Durant wants out, and the Nets will either have to change his mind or go ahead with moves that will overhaul their team.