The Houston Rockets are going to lose out on some value of their draft picks given the news that Kevin Durant is staying put in Brooklyn with the Nets.
It was fun while it lasted. It seemed like the last few months were a small added beacon of hope for the Rockets if they could get lucky enough to see the Nets completely collapse, but that dream appears to be dead.
The Rockets had the most to gain from the Nets being the worst team in the league. However, the Nets reaching that point seems to be out of the question given the recent news from Kevin Durant.
After months of speculation and the thought that Durant could land on almost any other team in the league, Durant and the Nets have squashed the silly storylines and have agreed to push forward as is.
Is this exactly how the season will start? That much remains to be seen. Durant and Kyrie Irving can be quite flaky. Still, it doesn't seem like this would come out as a precursor to a trade.
With Irving and Durant staying in Brooklyn, the Nets are not going to become one of the worst teams in the NBA for the next few years, and that is going to take a decent chunk of the value out of a few picks coming Houston's way.
It would've been great to see the Nets collapse. This could've set the Rockets up to be one of the best teams in the future if they were able to get picks from one of the worst teams in the NBA.
Either way, the Rockets still have a lot to be excited about going forward. The youth in Houston is enough to see a bright future ahead, and not having picks from a team like Brooklyn isn't going to derail the whole thing.
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