2. Kevin Durant
Cost: 2 First-Round Picks, Dillon Brooks, Victor Oladipo, Jock Landale
He's Kevin Durant. You know who he is.
He's one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen. Although he doesn't belong in the G.O.A.T. conversation, no matter how hard he tries to manually place himself there.
Make no mistake, Durant is one of the greatest, just not in contention for the greatest. But he has a prior working relationship with Rockets coach Ime Udoka from Udoka's days as an assistant coach under Steve Nash in Brooklyn.
Durant also pushed for Udoka to get the head coaching job when Nash was fired, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver intervened. He'd surely love to play for Udoka in Houston.
Also, I may be dating myself but I still remember Durant saying that Houston was his city during the 2013 playoffs, when the Rockets faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Acquiring Durant may seem like a scary proposition due to his age. I get it.
The 35-year-old has alot of tread on the tires. Even though he's played in just 137 games out of 236 potential games. This season, Durant is looking young and spry, as he's averaging 28.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field, 45.2 percent from three, and 87.4 percent from the charity stripe- just narrowly missing the 50-40-90 club.
Durant is also shooting 64.3 percent true shooting.
KD is the type of player the Rockets claim they want -a bona-fide superstar. And there have been rumblings that Durant may be unhappy with the Suns.