Did Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have a hand in shaping the trade market for former Pelicans star Jrue Holiday?
The Nets reportedly entertained a potential trade involving Holiday earlier this offseason, before his eventual acquisition by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Holiday's availability via swap had been widely reported, prompting some speculation about the interest of the Nets, who have generally been aggressive under GM Sean Marks and are thought to be seeking another star to pair with Durant and Irving.
But the team's superstars view dynamic shooting guard Caris LeVert as a "significant" part of the team, NBA insider Shams Charania recently reportedly, and they apparently don't care to see him moved in a trade for a so-called third star-caliber veteran.
Nets brass was lukewarm on parting with too many draft picks in order to acquire Holiday, Charania said on Complex's Load Management podcast, which is understandable given their recent history -- and Durant and Irving's apparent aversion to unloading LeVert was enough to quash any deal together.
"It was a bevy of draft picks, and that just was not a position that Brooklyn was in," Charania said. "They didn't want to give up two, three first-round picks, multiple-pick swaps. Milwaukee obviously wanted to make that move, they clearly want to go for it this year, and they needed that second, third star on this team.
"But Brooklyn looked into it, but at the end of the day, they didn't want to trade a guy like Caris LeVert, I'm told, for Jrue Holiday. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, these guys view Caris LeVert as a very significant part of this team."
Holiday, a coveted two-way combo guard, was ultimately dealt to the Bucks in a blockbuster swap that sent sent Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and a bevy of draft picks back to New Orleans.
The Nets, meanwhile, have not moved to make a big trade, instead re-signing sharpshooter Joe Harris and bringing in role players such as Jeff Green and Bruce Brown.