Understandably, countless rumors are starting to reveal that teams all over the league are building trade packages that they think can convince the Nets to part ways with the former MVP.
What’s more, there is also a sense that Durant is “at least open” to the idea of playing in Toronto.
“Confidence isn’t the word for it, but optimism might be.
“There is also a sense – though it’s reading tea leaves at this stage, as teams can’t communicate directly with Durant, who remains under contract with the Nets – that the two-time champion and 11-time all-NBA force of nature is at least open to the possibility of playing in Toronto.”
As the report indicates, the Raptors are doing a fair amount of guesswork at the moment. With that in mind, the team does have a fair number of young and talented players that could convince the Nets to bite.
As NBA fans know well, the Raptors are no strangers to executing massive trades for superstars. Just a few years ago, the Raptors proved victorious in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes. While Leonard only played with the Raptors for one season, the franchise got an NBA title out of the deal.
What makes the Durant situation a bit different is that he’ll be locked into his current deal for the next four seasons. He isn’t schedule to become an unrestricted free agent until 2026.
Though the Raptors may be a dark horse in the race, it seems clear that they are going to make a run at Durant. Whether or not he actually ends up in Toronto remains to be seen.