But the difference was in the upside too. Durant was a bona fide MVP candidate when we acquired him. No one, not even dantoni, could have projected that nash would rise to a two time MVP. The KD trade was higher on both the risk and reward axis at the time of both trades.
Even so, in comparison to the Nash trade, I think the risk side dramatically outweighs the risk side of the Durant trade.
If Nash didn't pan out... then one the back end of the deal, we're wasting some cap space. If Durant delivers anything less than a title, this trade is potentially one of the worst trades in NBA history.
In the off season of 2024 it is a near certainty that we wouldn't be able to trade Durant for a player of Bridges caliber, straight up. That is 16 months away... and even after that reality comes to pass, we will still owe 3 unprotected firsts and a pick swap.
Anything less than a title in the next 2-3 years and this is one of the all-time disaster trades. I hate being in that position, because winning a title is freaking hard. The Bulls and early 2000s Lakers made it look easy, but the league was not as competitive as it is now. Even if Durant is healthy, I'd still peg us as a dog to the Bucks and Celtics.