Kevin Durant Reportedly Forced Warriors to Add 1st Round Pick in Sign-and-Trade With Nets

Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors - Game Five
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If you have any doubts regarding whether or not Kevin Durant is all-in with the Brooklyn Nets, look no further than this report.

So, for Durant to sign off on a move to Brooklyn, he required that Golden State included a first rounder, too? If that ain't endearing yourself to your new fan base, I don't know what is.

Now, to be fair, the pick is heavily protected. If the Warriors first rounder falls in the top-20 of next year's NBA Draft, it stays with Golden State, and the Nets will instead receive a 2025 second rounder. As it says in the report, it's one of the "most unusual pick protections the NBA has seen recently," but considering this is the Warriors that we're talking about, odds are that the Nets will receive the first rounder anyway.

Durant joined the Nets on a sign-and-trade that saw All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell head in the other direction. Despite needing to spend 2019-20 rehabbing an Achilles injury he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he'll make Brooklyn an immediate contender in 2020-21 when he teams up with Kyrie Irving and Co.