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The perfect trade the Bucks must offer the Nets for Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant has been linked to a number of different teams since asking for a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors are closely linked to his name. However, a recent report from The Athletic said the Milwaukee Bucks have inquired about Durant. Pairing Durant alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo seems unfair. But it’s technically a possibility.

So what would a Kevin Durant in the Bucks trade look like? Let’s create the perfect KD chord.

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The Perfect Nets-Bucks Trade Kevin Durant

The centerpiece

First, the Nets would have to decide on a showpiece to highlight a comeback package for Kevin Durant. One would imagine that Khris Middleton or Jrue Holiday would be needed to make this craft a reality. Giannis Antetokounmpo would be a dream player to receive in a deal, but the Bucks would likely have no interest in trading Giannis even for KD.

Middleton makes the most sense. He profiles himself as a small forward and could replace Durant in Brooklyn. Khris Middleton is arguably the most underrated basketball player. He’s a consistent point shooter who’s averaged at least 20 points per game in each of the last three seasons. He also shot at least 37% during that time. Middleton is also a capable defender and rebounder, which adds a sneaky element of versatility to his game.

Jrue Holiday is an extremely talented guard. But Middleton is the best option to highlight a deal.

The complete package

This is where it gets tricky. Some players aren’t eligible to be traded until a certain date, while the Bucks and Nets must also consider salary adequacy. That’s why Holiday and Middleton couldn’t be included in the same deal unless their contracts match.

So who joins Khris Middleton in this exchange with Kevin Durant?

Grayson Allen and George Hill are options.

Allen plays with a tenacious mentality that might just suit him in Brooklyn. His offensive production tends to go unnoticed, but he averaged more than 11 points on 40% three-point shooting last season. Additionally, Allen shot over 44% from the field. He is therefore someone who has an offensive value. Allen isn’t a terrific defender, but the Nets might be interested in acquiring the knocked-down shooter.

And then there is George Hill. Hill is a veteran point guard with impressive playing ability. He’s not a bad goalscorer considering his age of 36. But his veteran leadership combined with his assist prowess make him an intriguing asset. Hill would slip in nicely behind Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn this season.

But adding both Hill and Allen would put the Nets above the ceiling. Brooklyn would therefore need to send someone alongside Kevin Durant in this exchange project.

Day’Ron Sharpe, 20, is a candidate who could pique Milwaukee’s interest. The 20-year-old 6’11 big man offers decent potential. At the very least, it would help make the trade work from a financial standpoint. And any production he comes up with would be the icing on the cake.

Choice

As talented as Khris Middleton is, this overall trade still seems lopsided considering that Kevin Durant is the main player in question. So the Bucks would have to add picks to make this deal happen.

The Bucks don’t have many first-round draft picks coming up. But if the Nets are willing to wait, Milwaukee could provide them with first-round picks in the late 2020s.

For now, Milwaukee could add a few second-round picks.

Ultimately, two upcoming second-round picks and two future first-round picks might do the trick.

Ultimately, the chances of this trade happening are slim. But the idea of ​​Kevin Durant playing alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo is worth dreaming about.

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