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)
“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?