This would leave the Hawks in need of starters at the Nos. 4 and 5 position. Durant, duh, would be one. Onyeka Okongwu could be the other. But if you have Durant and Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, do you need a fifth starter?
The Hawks traded three Round 1 picks – plus Danilo Gallinari, who’s about to be waived – to San Antonio for Murray. Those might have come in handy in a KD package, but there are always workarounds. I’m not saying Durant-to-Atlanta will happen. I am saying there’s a non-zero chance it could. If it does, we’ll rename the place Duranta.
About the ever-changing world of college sports
USC and UCLA are headed to the Big Ten, which will now number 16 members, but never mind. This is terrible for the Pac-12, which will shrink to 10 and lose the L.A. market to a conference headquartered in nearby Illinois. It’s also jarring for the ACC, of which Georgia Tech is a member.
The Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 had formed something called the Alliance, which loosely meant “everybody who’s not in or headed to the SEC.” This didn’t preclude the B1G from poaching from the Pac-12. With Texas and Oklahoma bound for you-know-where, there will be two monster leagues composed of 32 schools … and then, running a distant third, the ACC.
The ACC includes Notre Dame in every sport except football. It really needs Notre…