Kevin Durant apparently would not have found "fair" that Golden State is trading it directly against D'Angelo Russell this summer.
KD and the Brooklyn Nets eventually forced the Warriors to make a first-round pick to run the blockbuster.
The Dubs were also forced to abandon a future (slightly protected) choice during an exchange with the Memphis Grizzlies against Andre Iguodala.
The Brooklyn Nets had enough space to sign Kevin Durant, and Durant had no particular advantage in taking part in a signature and exchange deal to help the Warriors. D'Angelo Russell, the free agent of the Net, also had no significant advantage, knowing that the Nets had to make him an unrestricted free agent to complete Durant's signature.
Durant initially hesitated to be traded against Russell directly, several sources said. He did not think it was a fair deal, and in this case, the Warriors were not only to satisfy the Nets, but also Durant.
The player used leverage, and Golden State had to include a first-round pick before Durant agreed to sign.
In addition, the Warriors had to face two players, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham, for the trade to work. This helped the Nets free up extra space to sign up with DeAndre Jordan, who is friends with Durant and his new teammate Kyrie Irving. Golden State had to face and pay $ 3.6 million in Minnesota to remove Napier and Graham from his accounts.
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