Reportedly, Kevin Durant did not think it was "fair" for Golden State to change it directly for D & # 39; Angelo Russell this summer.
KD and the Brooklyn Nets ended up pushing the Warriors in search of a first-round pick to make box office and trade success work.
The Dubs were also forced to give up an additional (slightly protected) future selection in an exchange with the Memphis Grizzlies by Andre Iguodala.
The Brooklyn Nets had enough space to sign Kevin Durant, and there was no specific advantage for Durant to participate in a signing and exchange agreement to help the Warriors. It was also not a big advantage for free agent Nets D & # 39; Angelo Russell, who had other teams, including the Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, competing for him, knowing that the Nets would have to make him a free agent without restrictions to complete Durant's signature. .
Durant initially was reluctant to be changed by Russell directly, multiple sources said. He did not think it was a fair deal, and in this case, the Warriors not only had to satisfy the Nets, but also Durant.
The leverage was applied by the player, and Golden State had to include a first-round selection before Durant agreed to sign.
In addition, the Warriors had to face two players, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham for the trade to work. He helped the Nets clear extra space to sign DeAndre Jordan, who is a friend of Durant and his new teammate Kyrie Irving. Golden State had to turn around and pay Minnesota $ 3.6 million to get Napier and Graham out of their books.
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