I just have the sense that the Nets will work tirelessly to find a way to end up with less than most teams would.
that may be true. I think they'd get a solid return on Durant, even if it's still just 0.65 or whatever on the dollar.
long-term contract and his game should continue to age well so he'll probably be worth that contract (at least in NBA terms) for at least most of it
Kyrie is a lot less clear. I was obv being hyperbolic above in re John Wall, Kyrie is still an All-Star level player, when he plays.
but he has so much baggage he just had to pick up his player option bc no one besides Rob Pelinka (which...) was willing to give him a long-term contract
I can't remember that ever happening with another clear All-Star still in his prime
he's a good risk to take on that one-year deal if you have the cap space but not if you pay too much for the privilege of taking that risk