Atlantic Notes: Raptors, Durant, Brogdon, Melton, Knicks


The potential price to acquire Kevin Durant It’s not what should matter most raptorsargues Scott Stinson of The National Post, who says determining whether Durant would actually be motivated and interested in playing for Toronto should be the most important factor for the team’s top decision-makers.

As Stinson writes, Durant’s motivation for asking for a trade out of Brooklyn remains a bit nebulous, especially since he just signed a four-year extension last August. That should worry the vice president and president of basketball operations. Maasai Ujiribecause negotiating with a superstar who might not be committed or on the same page as the club could be disastrous, according to Stinson.

Drawing parallels between Ujiri’s trade for Kawhi Leonard in the 2018 offseason for Durant’s draft now doesn’t make sense, according to Stinson, because the situations aren’t similar.


Leonard was coming off an injury that forced him to miss almost the entire 2017/18 season, he had a contract to expire and the Raptors teams led by Kyle Lowry Y DeMar DeRozan had been given ample time to advance in the East, but could not pass Lebron James. The Raptors finished second in the East in the two years after Leonard left Toronto, so obviously the team stayed competitive and didn’t mortgage their future to acquire him, Stinson writes.

Durant, on the other hand, has four years left on his contract, so it’s obviously going to cost a lot more to get him, plus the current version of the Raptors is on the rise, with Rookie of the Year. scottish barnes, gary trent Jr.Y lovely achiuwa among new additions who made significant contributions to a team that improved its win total from 27 to 48. Trying away from an emerging core only for Durant to balk at the idea of ​​staying could put Toronto in a hole that would be difficult to leave. of, says Stinson.

Here’s more from the Atlantic:

  • Could a minor role in the celts benefit malcolm brogdon from a health point of view? “The knock against him coming out of college is that he had terrible knees.a rival GM told’s Steve Bulpett. “I mean, some of the tests were really fishy in terms of how long his lower body could take the beatings of the NBA. So that’s why he ended up going in the second round, because they almost red flagged him. So the fact is, it’s probably better for him to come off the bench with limited minutes, trying to be impactful in 18 rather than trying to play 30 and always being injured. The question is how he will accept that..” Boston reportedly views Brogdon as a sixth man, and shortly after the deal was announced, he said he is motivated to win a championship and is willing to sacrifice his individual stats for the betterment of the team.
  • De’Anthony Melton thinks it’s a “great fit” for the Sixerswrites Gina Mizell of The Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription link). “Once I saw the team, I was like, ‘OK, that’s a great place.‘” Melton told The Inquirer by phone last week. “That’s a great fit for me. … I understand what this team needs. I understand what this team is trying to do. I am ready for the task at hand. I’m ready for whatever comes.” Melton was acquired from the Grizzlies in exchange for the No. 23 pick (david roddy) Y danny green in a draft-day swap.
  • Free agent guard signing jalen brunson It was a solid move for him. knicks but they still look like a gaming team on paper, opines Ian O’Connor of The New York Post. According to O’Connor, while Brunson is a good player and the best point guard the Knicks will employ in years, neither he nor rj barrett either Julius Randle they are capable of being the best, or second-best, players on a championship-caliber team and, unless something drastically changes, New York will enter 2022/23 as “just another barely relevant club.”