It was a peak time of 18-hours or more when Phoenix Sun Duane went from being one of three teams without a single two-way slot to be filled by Washington Jr. and Ish Wainwright, but beyond that we are reaching a dead period in the off-season.
Even now that we’ve arrived in August and camp looms, some loose ends still need to be tied up, so we’ll touch on each one here.
Kevin Durant has a chance to play hardball
Speaking of Durant scenarios in which crowdfunding could play a part, we finally have some action that could move the whole deal in one direction or another. Steve Bullpet heavy.com was report goodFeaturing some key points:
“What I’m hearing is that KD is going to meet the owner this week,” the source told Heavy Sports. “He’s going to go straight to the boss, Joe Tsai, sometime this week. We’ll see how it works out… I don’t know what’s going to happen in that meeting. There are a few things KD is unhappy with, and I Not sure if any of this will be okay here. But maybe it does.”
At an obvious fork in the road in business discussions, this meeting can go one of two ways in my eyes:
- Durant begins playing hardball, insisting that he will not play for any team other than “favourite destination” Phoenix.
- The relationship has improved and Durant is back to play for the Nets.
I firmly believe there is no end with Durant on any of the 28 teams; It’s going to be Phoenix or Brooklyn. Those 28 other teams also seem too scared to put their names in the cap.
An employee at another club expressed frustration with the process… “I think there are some teams that aren’t very happy that it’s in the papers when they talk to Brooklyn,” he said. “It doesn’t help. I’ve talked with a few teams that aren’t happy with the rumors spreading through all of this. It’s not a good way to do business.”
Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks may have flown too close to the sun in an attempt to make a bid, using whatever chance the media got. Suddenly, Sun’s package of likes and payroll looks a whole lot more interesting because it’s the only offer, especially if Durant activates the “hardball” mode.
The unnamed source cited in the story made the case that Durant wouldn’t activate the “hardball” mode, adding, “If they can’t deal, he’s just going to say, ‘[Expletive] This,’ and he will play – and he will play as hard as ever. I know KD, and he’s not going to sit out or anything like that. He is not that kind of man. there’s no way.”
We may see this weekend to see if Durant is that kind of guy or not, and for Sun fans, we should hope he is.
An update on Server Probe
since we last heard From Adam Silver on July 12 that the investigation is in its final stages, there have been some minor developments in the Sarwar story.
Former Sun Goran Dragic spoke about Sarvar’s frugality a week later, when he shared that after missing the All-Star Game in 2013–14 (the season in which he was named to the All-NBA Third Team). ), Sarvar tells Dragik that he was glad he missed.
Sarvar would have to pay a $1 million signing bonus if Dragic made the team.
Another week later, Rev. Al Sharpton – Joe spoke against server When the allegations were made public for the first time – once again said, express disappointment With the never ending nature of the investigation:
enough is enough. I was patient when the NBA told me that the server investigation would be completed by April; But April came and went. Then he told me to wait a few more weeks in June; But June has come and gone. It’s almost August now, and there’s no end to Sarwar’s investigation.
That point about the June target date is something I heard a month ago that people around the league were also preparing to have a drop date. This, as Sharpton noted, came and went, and August became the new target date.
We are in August.
Final roster spot open… for now
I was included in a group of many who believed that the final full roster spot was being saved for Wainwright, who was recently “just” reverted to a two-way slot. Without a clear candidate on the deck for last place, what are the options left?
For the believers who have pinned on Kevin Durant’s front, there’s always the possibility that if that happens and Phoenix loses too much depth in the process, players from around the league will ask to join a contender and be bought. be concerned about the opportunity. Jersey to Flex mentioned so much in a recent podcast, saying that three players from around the league would be interested.
Given the financial constraints of Phoenix’s current payroll, as well as the lack of free agents still on the market, other options are few and far between. Sun can only offer the minimum contract at this point, which is not the worst thing since the remaining options are not necessarily waging a bidding war.
Dennis Schröder is still the biggest name available, and he did well as recently as last month representing Germany in 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers, including a match against Poland, where he scored 38 points (10-25 shooting) in 31 minutes in a 10-point victory.
However, Schroder, who played alongside Chris Paul at Oklahoma City, has arguably had his best NBA season, so if Paul was interested in a reunion, it would have already happened.
I personally believe that training camps are underway and cuts are made there will be a value player added; It’s the kind of luxury that’s taken for granted to competing teams – players want to play for your team, especially when your organization includes Monty Williams and Devin Booker.
The thing that really sucks about August in the NBA is that it takes a lot of patience, which is sometimes easier said than done. But if in April, you were told that the 64-18 team would successfully make it back to a short deal with Ayton, I think most of us would be happy with the off-season that happened.