The Brooklyn Nets never imagined they would be in this scenario. After just three years, both of the mega-stars they acquired (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving) have requested trades. Now, the team is looking for ways to recoup some value out of the two in a trade.

There are many teams that have been interested or are intriguing options for the Nets to trade with. However, there's a rather nasty complication involving one of their stars, Ben Simmons. According to the current CBA, a team may only acquire ONE player signed to the designated rookie extension in a trade. Since Simmons is signed to that contract, the team cannot acquire another player on a similar extension.

In a nutshell, that means no Andrew Wiggins and no DeAndre Ayton in a potential sign-and-trade. An option for the Nets is, of course, to trade Ben Simmons; either in a separate deal or as part of the KD trade. However, it seems like Brooklyn likes Simmons enough to warrant him immovable. (via New York Post)

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“Privately, Nets sources have intimated the latter option (moving Simmons) is unlikely. And when asked if Simmons had gotten assurances he was in the Nets’ long-term plans and would not be traded, a source close to the young All-Star told The Post simply that “Ben is good.””

With that in mind, the Nets will need to find a different suitor for KD other than the Suns and the Warriors. Perhaps a certain team in the North could help fulfill their needs?