Fred VanVleet says he wouldn't trade Scottie Barnes for Kevin Durant

Fred VanVleet says he wouldn't trade Scottie Barnes for Kevin Durant

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Fred VanVleet says he wouldn't trade Scottie Barnes for Kevin Durant

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In a segment called “Spicy Questions: Truth or Drink,” where VanVleet had to indulge in Ibaka’s insect-infused drink whenever he declined to answer his questions, the Rockford native showed his loyalty to the team’s precocious star. The 33-year-old asked VanVleet whether he would trade Barnes for Durant straight up. Much to Ibaka’s chagrin, because VanVleet’s answer meant he now had to drink, the 28-year-old said he would keep Barnes. “I wouldn’t do it,” VanVleet said when asked if he would trade Barnes for Durant. “I told you, I’m a loyal guy; I’m not a trade guy.”
Source: Wenzell Ortiz @ Yahoo!

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Once upon a time everyone thought Kevin Durant should gain a bunch of weight and be muscled like LeBron. On the TrueHoop podcast, a shoutout to @BBallAnalytics who had another vision. w/ @jshector truehoop.com/p/stay-light-l…10:54 AM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
The @Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant in last night’s win over the Magic:
✅ 45 PTS
✅ 7 REB
✅ 5 AST
✅ 2 STL
✅ 2 BLK
✅ 19-24 FG
He’s the second-oldest player in NBA history to score at least 45 points on 75% shooting from the field in a game.
More here: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…10:01 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
From last night, Kevin Durant’s brilliance led the Nets over the Magic to get the team back to .500, but Ben Simmons’ knee issues returned while some other problems persist. Story: theathletic.com/3947538/2022/1…9:29 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Kevin Durant with a season-high 45 points over Orlando 📽️
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/14…5:59 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Franz Wagner casually blows by Kevin Durant 🔥
🎥 @NBATV pic.twitter.com/wDIMd205BB4:46 AM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Fred VanVleet, deeply troubled by the threat of Isaac Okoro scoring pic.twitter.com/sK2GaJ1A8q2:00 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @Underdog__NBA
– Andrew Nembhard writes his name in blood
– The catastrophic defeat in LA
– Devin Booker and KD’s MVP campaigns
– BOL BOL
This will be a CALLS ONLY SHOW.
Rapid Reaction to it all, starting now!
📺 https://t.co/SJur5bReXx pic.twitter.com/XZi6zaDpUD1:25 AM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
35 for Jayson Tatum in 30 minutes Monday.
44 for Devin Booker, 45 for Kevin Durant, quite the night in the NBA scoring race… pic.twitter.com/apiuh2kjHn12:30 AM

Khobi Price @khobi_price
“P, the work don’t stop” — a message from Kevin Durant to Magic rookie Paolo Banchero pic.twitter.com/xeQdgRFdQV12:13 AM

Dan Savage @Dan_Savage
Kevin Durant on the @Orlando Magic‘s @Bol Bol: “He’s unique. He’s tough to deal with.”
(Video via Nets PR) pic.twitter.com/GuF98apEpc10:59 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Kevin Durant & Paolo Banchero caught up postgame. Tonight was a big moment for Banchero, a Seattle kid who had seen KD play at a Seattle pro-am.
“It’s a full circle moment.”
Banchero still sees KD as a Sonic.
“That’s proud for me, proud for the city to be able to claim him.” pic.twitter.com/XY8uQf9Ua310:33 PM

Barbara Barker @meanbarb
“Not Really. Been there. Done that,” says KD when asks if he is motivated by being in the MVP convo. pic.twitter.com/IvgFkMraY610:21 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
“Watching Pascal play, it’s like, ‘Wow, damn!'” – Scottie Barnes – 10:14 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
“It was a little different, for sure. It was ‘aight.” – Scottie Barnes on coming off the bench – 10:13 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Joe Harris on Kevin Durant’s performance: “It wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last.” – 10:09 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
VanVleet said he’s making progress in his recovery from the illness he’s been dealing with for a few weeks, still not 100% but feeling better every day. “I’m getting there. My wind is building back up. I’m clearing up some of the congestion… I feel great compared to where I was” – 10:07 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Tonight marked Kevin Durant’s 63rd career 40-point game and he shot 19-for-24 (79%).
That is his 2nd-highest field goal percentage in a 40-point game in his career.
He shot 81% in a 40-point game against the Thunder in 2017. – 10:06 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
“I like Neto. He’s a heck of a competitor. … I was probably more frustrated at the ref than I was at him.” – Fred VanVleet on not being able to repeat what he said to Raul Neto after dropping that 3 on him. He also said he got away with a push off. – 10:05 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Kevin Durant is the 14th-oldest player to score 45.
39: Michael Jordan, Jamal Crawford
38: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
37: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James
36: Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone
35: Larry Bird, Alex English
34: Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Durant – 10:05 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
KD was proud of himself for this answer pic.twitter.com/ktFICeWgew10:05 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Kevin Durant had 45 pts on 19-24 shooting in BKN win vs ORL. It was Durant’s best FG% in any of his 20 career 45+ point games, per BKN. Including FTs, Durant hit 23 of 28 shots vs ORL. He added 5a, 2 blk, 2 stl. Nets (11-11) next host WAS; Kristaps Porzingis had 41 tonight vs MIN – 10:01 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
“Every game we play just feels like chaos.” – VanVleet says on not knowing they lost possession battle vs. what they usually do – 10:00 PM
Synergy Sports Tech @SynergySST
Kevin Durant is shooting 55% in one-on-one situations so far this season. – 9:55 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Players with a 45/5/5 game on 75% shooting in the last 15 seasons:
— Kyrie in 2020
— KD tonight pic.twitter.com/II00F60fZg9:52 PM

NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
KD was on one in Brooklyn tonight 🎯 pic.twitter.com/zmwDOreV0P9:51 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Bol Bol and KD go shot-for-shot down the stretch. feel like i just witnessed an eclipse above the Northern Lights. – 9:50 PM
LeBron James @KingJames
KD NOT NICE!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. SHEESH – 9:48 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets beat the Magic 109-102 behind Kevin Durant’s masterpiece. For the first time since they were 1-1, the Nets are back to .500 at 11-11. Team is 2-0 on this seven-game homestand with the Wizards coming to town Wednesday. Let’s see what Vaughn says about Ben Simmons. – 9:47 PM
Dan Savage @Dan_Savage
Final: Nets 109, Magic 102
Paolo Banchero – 24 pts, 4 rebs, 5 asts, 2 stls
Bol Bol – 24 pts, 6 rebs, 2 blks
Franz Wagner – 21 pts, 2 stls
Kevin Durant with a sensational night for Brooklyn: 45 pts, 7 rebs, 5 asts, 2 stls, 2 blks – 9:47 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Final: Nets 109, Magic 102
Durant: 45 pts, 19/24 shooting
Irving: 20 pts, 9/17 shooting
Claxton: 17 pts, 13 reb
Incredible two-way performance from Kevin Durant. Nic Claxton provides a huge lift down the stretch to seal the W. – 9:47 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
Final | Nets 109, Magic 102
Durant: 45 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
Irving: 20 points
Banchero: 24 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds
Bol: 24 points, 6 rebounds – 9:46 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Nets needed 45, 7 and 5 from KD in 39 minutes to beat a Magic team that is overwhelmed by injuries.
The larger issue for Brooklyn at the moment is: What’s going on with Simmons’ knee now? – 9:46 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
It looks like that will do it for the Magic after that dunk by Claxton. With only 9 players available, the Magic hung around for the majority of the game despite 45 points from Durant. – 9:45 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
KD tonight:
45 PTS
7 REB
5 AST
19-24 FG
Ties Kareem and Russ with 20 career 45-point games. pic.twitter.com/r10GZA11fL9:45 PM

Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
Kevin Durant is 16-of-19 on two-pointers tonight. And they aren’t all dunks – 9:41 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant can’t miss right now. – 9:40 PM
Khobi Price @khobi_price
Kevin Durant has been ridiculous tonight. – 9:39 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
From @BKN_NETSPR: Most 40-point games for a Net in the franchise’s NBA history:
Vince Carter – 17
Kyrie Irving – 12
Kevin Durant – 8
John Williamson – 8
Bernard King – 5
Pretty sure this is @NoahEagle15‘s favorite Nets’ trivia question. – 9:35 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Most 40-point games for a Net in the franchise’s NBA history:
Vince Carter – 17
Kyrie Irving – 12
Kevin Durant – 8
John Williamson – 8
Bernard King – 5 – 9:35 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
one of those KD games that i find myself just giggling at everything. – 9:34 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Kevin Durant has taken 22 shots so far tonight and missed only five of them.
Kevin Durant remains excellent at basketball. – 9:33 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant (41 points) has registered the first 40-point game for a Net this season.
40-point games for a Net against Orlando all-time:
Kevin Durant – 2
Kyrie Irving – 2
D’Angelo Russell – 1
Kendall Gill – 1 – 9:33 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
This is about as incredible a two-way performance as you will ever see from Kevin Durant.
Carrying Brooklyn offensively and D’ing up Paolo Banchero on the other end. – 9:32 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
That’s 41 for KD. He has been carrying the Nets all night. KD is 17-for-22 from the field and also has six rebounds and four assists. He has done everything tonight. – 9:32 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant is putting on an absolute clinic tonight. He’s got 41 with just under seven left. – 9:31 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Season-high 39 points on 16/21 shooting for Kevin Durant.
7:32 remaining. – 9:30 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Season-high 39 points for KD tonight. – 9:30 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
KD has a season-high 39 points. – 9:30 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
KD is automatic tonight. – 9:29 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Kevin Durant was just 8 for 9 in the third quarter and passed on the final possession of the period. There was no better option than him shooting. – 9:17 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets lead 87-76 to open the fourth. KD has 36 already, one off his season-high. – 9:17 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
End of 3Q | Nets 87, Magic 76
Durant: 36 points (19 in 3Q)
Irving: 16 points
Banchero: 23 points
Bol: 17 points, 5 rebounds – 9:16 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
KD has 36 points after three quarters. His season high is 37, which he scored against Memphis and Dallas early in the season. – 9:16 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Still a wee bit of discombobulation but Raptors up 13 headed to the fourth
Siakam 18, Anunoby 15, Young/VanVleet 10 each; Cavs 38.2 FG% – 9:15 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant has been filthy tonight. He’s up to 36 points. Not out of the question he gets to 50. – 9:13 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant has blocked both Bol Bol and Paolo Banchero tonight. – 9:12 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Kevin Durant is on one tonight. Just finished a filthy cross to a jumper plus the foul over Paolo Banchero.
33 points on 14/19 shooting
We’re still in the 3rd quarter. Loud MVP chants reign in Brooklyn. – 9:12 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Spectacular ball movement from the Nets on that last possession, which ended with a Durant dunk. He’s up to 31. Nets lead 82-76 with 2:06 left in the third. – 9:08 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Kevin Durant just blocked Bol Bol’s jumper. pic.twitter.com/LwAHolQ8sd9:07 PM

J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
paolo basically just buried KD at the rim and started from the wing
dude is so huge and skilled – 9:02 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Nets take a 66-60 lead after back-to-back threes from Kyrie and KD.
Timeout Magic. – 8:56 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Same starters to open the second half for the Raptors. Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes remain on the bench – 8:47 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
Halftime | Nets 52, Magic 51
Banchero: 14 points, 3 assists
Bol: 12 points, 4 rebounds
Durant: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Irving: 13 points – 8:34 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Half: Nets 52, Magic 51
KD and Kyrie carrying the load offensively. Joe Harris providing a nice lift as well.
Orlando scored 15 points off 10 Brooklyn turnovers. That was the difference. Just careless basketball. – 8:34 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Nets lead the Magic 52-51. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have combined for 30 points. Nets shooting just 3-for-13 from 3. Nets showing no resistance defensively. We’re supposed to get an update on Ben Simmons at halftime. Will tweet it once I get it. – 8:34 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Paolo Banchero just threw his hands up after Kevin Durant knocked down a tough fadeaway over him.
Many defenders before him have done the same thing. – 8:29 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
KD (14 pts, 6/10 shooting) and Kyrie (13 pts, 6/8 shooting) are off to hot starts as the Nets regain the lead 45-43.
Joe Harris also getting to see the ball go through the hoop. He’s got 7 early points. – 8:25 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Entertaining first quarter. Nets trail Magic, 28-23, after Bol Bol happened at Barclays Center. Bol had 10 PTS & 4 REB in Q1. KD & Kyrie have 21 of BKN’s 23 points. – 8:07 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
End of 1Q | Magic 28, Nets 23
Bol: 10 points, 4 rebounds
Banchero: 8 points
Durant: 12 points
Irving: 9 points – 8:06 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: Magic lead the Nets 28-23. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have all but one basket for BK. That outlier is from Nic Claxton, who scored with 1:41 left. Magic’s length have forced some turnovers but Nets need some help from the supporting cast. – 8:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant seemed to bump Kevon Harris after that and-1. Seemed to exchange some comments and say something to the ref there. – 8:03 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets lead the Magic 18-16. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving each with nine. – 7:54 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Scottie Barnes and Christian Koloko checking in at the 5:40 mark. Still no Gary Trent Jr. – 7:52 PM
Khobi Price @khobi_price
The Euro step Franz just used against KD was filthy. – 7:51 PM
Evan Dunlap @BQRMagic
Franz Wagner Eurslowstepped around Kevin Durant. That was pretty – 7:50 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Know any step Franz Wagner takes is a Euro step but the one he just put on Kevin Durant to get around him was pretty nice – 7:50 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have all nine of the Nets’ points. They trail 16-9 with 7:03 left. – 7:50 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
KD vs. Banchero is a fun matchup. Will be interesting to see when they get switched up on each other throughout the game — feels a lot like KD vs. Luka a couple weeks ago in Dallas. – 7:43 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Bebe sighting at Raptors-Cavs. He’s sitting baseline behind the Raps’ hoop. If VanVleet throws a lob high enough he might be able to throw it down from there. – 7:26 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters vs. Magic: Simmons, Irving, Durant, O’Neale and Claxton. – 7:25 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
It appears as though Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. will come off the bench tonight. Raptors are starting Thad Young and Juancho Hernangomez next to VanVleet, Anunoby and the returning Siakam. – 7:08 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Raptors starters include Juancho and Thad in place of Barnes and Trent jr. VanVleet, Siakam and OG are the others. – 7:07 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Seems Barnes is ok but not 100 per cent okay
Raptors will start VanVleet, Hernangomez, Anunoby, Young and Siakam
No Trent, either – 7:07 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Jerry Seinfeld, star of SeinfeldVision, is courtside tonight in Brooklyn at Nets-Magic. Wonder if he and Durant have neighboring summer homes on Grenyarnia. – 7:07 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Juancho Hernangomez + Thad Young will stay in starting lineup for now. VanVleet, Anunoby, Juancho, Siakam and Thad Young start. Barnes and Trent off bench. – 7:06 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Raptors say it’s:
Fred VanVleet
O.G. Anunoby
Juancho Hernangómez
Pascal Siakam
Thaddeus Young, so Barnes off bench – 7:06 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. Will not start tonight. Juancho Hernangomez and Thad Young start alongside Pascal, Fred, and OG – 7:05 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Same starters for Nets tonight vs. Orlando:
Simmons, Irving, Durant, O’Neale and Claxton – 7:01 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Justin Champagnie and Dalano Banton are all available tonight vs. Cleveland. Siakam on something of a minutes limit – 5:48 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Raptors Nick Nurse says Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes WILL PLAY tonight. Said there will be some minute limitations on Siakam. – 5:47 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
On the Raptors latest injury report, Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam have been upgraded to PROBABLE. Siakam, who was off to a magnificent start this season, hasn’t played since Nov. 4. Barnes, who beat out Evan Mobley for ROY last year, has missed two games in a row. – 5:41 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, Dalano Banton, and Justin Champagnie are now listed as probable to play against the Cavs tonight.
Precious Achiuwa and Otto Porter Jr. remain out. – 5:34 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Toronto’s Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam have both been upgraded to probably tonight against the #Cavs. – 5:32 PM
Serge Ibaka @sergeibaka
Would @Fred VanVleet trade Scottie Barnes for @Kevin Durant? Find out on the new “How hungry are you?” with my man Freddy on Youtube (link in bio) and only on @sportsnet in Canada. #hhay #howhungryareyou #fredvanvleet #betonyourself #mafuzzychef #toronto #raptors #milwaukee #bucks pic.twitter.com/y8TELs86Pz12:53 PM

Erik Slater @erikslater_
Top Field Goal Percentage among NBA players attempting 18 or more shots per game:
1. Kevin Durant: 53.4%
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 53.4%
3. Steph Curry: 52.2%
4. DeMar DeRozan: 51.7%
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 51.5%
6. Jaylen Brown: 50.7%
KD leading the best of the best. – 12:17 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Steph shooting this season:
— 66% in the paint
(better than Giannis)
— 55% from midrange
(better than DeRozan)
— 63% on twos
(better than Zubac)
— 56% on isos
(better than Durant)
We haven’t even mentioned his 3-point shooting. pic.twitter.com/rZcgZ0b96O11:58 AM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
Nov. 28 RPR MVP rankings:
1. Luka Doncic: 16.8
2. Stephen Curry: 16.6
3. Jayson Tatum: 15.9
4. Kevin Durant: 15.8
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 15.6
6. Donovan Mitchell: 14.6
7. Joel Embiid: 13.9
8. Devin Booker: 13.1
9. Anthony Davis: 12.5
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 12.4 pic.twitter.com/aA6GX4wsNM11:25 AM

More on this storyline

Monday was another one of those nights for Durant. The former MVP dropped 45 points on 19-of-24 shooting in a 109-102 win over the Orlando Magic, willing his team back to the .500 mark for the second time this season. Minutes after capping off his season-best performance, Durant was asked when he knows he is going to be in a next-level groove. “When I wake up,” he calmly replied. -via Clutch Points / November 29, 2022
When asked if he ever finds himself watching Kevin Durant in awe during such a performance, Kyrie Irving couldn’t help but say yes. “Oh yeah all the time,” Irving replied. “I think it’s a natural reaction when you’re seeing something special occur in front of you. You do your best to still be engaged but it’s hard not to just stare and just watch somebody that special and talented. We know what he’s capable of, but when he shows his talent tonight it’s definitely an honor to be a part of. Grateful to be his teammate.” -via Clutch Points / November 29, 2022
Erik Slater: Kevin Durant when asked if he’s motivated to win MVP amid chants from tonight’s crowd during his 45-point performance: “Nah, not really. I’ve been there, done that.” pic.twitter.com/eiJT6Dcnnx -via Twitter @erikslater_ / November 29, 2022
Josh Lewenberg: Nick Nurse was especially coy when asked about Scottie Barnes’ knee injury. After a long pause and before a bit of a laugh: “Ummm. Knee’s fine.” Not sure what to make of that other than one or both of the ankles (or something else entirely) is bothering him. -via Twitter @JLew1050 / November 27, 2022

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