New Orleans Pelicans: Pros and cons of trading for Kevin Durant

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Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out against New Orleans Pelicans Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans were quiet on the first day of free agency, but that didn’t stop them from being mentioned in the league’s biggest drama.

Forget all of the free agent names, the biggest news of last night was that superstar Kevin Durant asked for a trade from the Brooklyn Nets.

This news rocked the NBA world, as all-time greats don’t hit the market too often, so Durant’s request overshadowed everything else that happened yesterday.

The New Orleans Pelicans, Nets and Kevin Durant

Let’s first stop and admire what a monumental failure the Durant/Kyrie Irving/James Harden trio was for the Brooklyn Nets.

They traded pretty much ALL of their future draft picks (unprotected) to get Harden, who is no longer on the team after they had to trade him for headcase Ben Simmons and a couple of draft picks.

Simmons didn’t play a single minute for the Nets last season as they got bounced in the first-round of the players after underachieving spectacularly.

They paid Irving huge money last season to barely play, and now they are stuck with a guy who seems more interested in his moronic life philosophy than playing basketball.

Can you blame Durant for wanting out? He cleverly waited for Kyrie to opt-in to his contract and then said “get me the hell out of this mess.”

This is now the second time in recent history that the Nets have tried to build a super team only to have it blow up in their face, and now they’ll get to watch Houston reap the rewards just like Boston did the last time.

It’s crazy to think that the Knicks aren’t even the most dysfunctional team in New York, but here we are.

The Nets are going to ask for the biggest trade package in league history to move Durant, and as one one of the only teams with the ammo to do it, the New Orleans Pelicans were immediately mentioned:

First off, I should say that I absolutely DO NOT THINK THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. The Pelicans are happy with the direction of the team, have a roster loaded with young talent and have no reason to make an “all-in” move like this at this point.

But it’s going to get talked about, so let’s look at some of the pros and cons of a possible trade for Kevin Durant.

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