Although Kyrie Irving has opted into the final year of her contract with the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant’s future should be in the spotlight of the Los Angeles Lakers. Things could still go south between Irving and the Nets, which would open the door for Durant to push for trading. Before opting into Irving, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on June 23 that Durant is “monitoring the situation of the Brooklyn Nets and considering options for his future.”
Bookies.com’s Adam Thompson offered hypothetical odds for Durant’s next team should the star ultimately decide to leave Brooklyn. The Lakers are in third with +800 odds just behind Heat, who are predicted to be +500 favorites with rival LA Clippers coming in second with +550.
Durant’s four-year, $194 million deal commits to a move to Brooklyn for the 2025-26 season. However, as we’ve seen with the likes of James Harden and Ben Simmons this season, a long-term deal won’t stop a top player from pushing for deals elsewhere.
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NBA GM on Durant to Lakers: ‘Never Say Never’
Unless Irving ends up requiring the transaction, it is reasonable to expect Durant to remain content with the Nets. There’s no guarantee Irving won’t be traded ahead of time if the difficult relationship with the Nets continues, and the point guard will become a free agent in 2023, which could reopen the door for Durant to once again “consider options with his future” as Charania pointed out.
For the Lakers to have a chance to approach Durant, general manager Rob Pelinka would have to be willing to trade Anthony Davis, a move that could anger Klutch Sports, who have a serious stance on the deal. In a conversation earlier in June with Heavy.com’s NBA insider Sean Deveney, a Western Conference general manager discussed the “kind of earth-shattering deal” the Lakers needed to have in order to land Durant. .
“Going the other way, if Durant wants to go to the Lakers, it’s going to be more difficult,” the NBA executive said at the time. “He is under contract until the end of (2026), so you have to make the trade and the only thing they can do is Anthony Davis for KD. I think LeBron feels a responsibility to bring Davis to Los Angeles, and he wants that to work, so there’s not much of a chance they’ll trade him.
“But if Davis could play with Kyrie, with whom he was close, maybe that would change the math on that. It’s an earth-shattering sort of trade and it’s a slim chance. But if Durant is really unhappy and they can get everyone on the same page, maybe that will work for everyone. Never say never in this tournament.”
Woj: No Vulnerability for a KD Transaction Claim Depends on Kyrie’s Future
For now, the core of Nets stars seems safe, but the franchise is stable. If Irving changes his mind and pushes the trade, this could cause Durant to once again consider his future. Ahead of Irving’s opt-in decision, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets were “vulnerable to Kevin Durant’s commercial claims” with teams “preparing to go after” the superstar. Brooklyn is clearly less vulnerable when Irving returns for one more season but the situation has gone smoothly.
“The uncertainty surrounding Irving’s future with the Nets continues to leave the franchise vulnerable to Kevin Durant’s commercial claims, but that has yet to materialize, sources say,” Wojnarowski said. wrote on June 27. “Durant has four years left on his contract and still has one Nets backer committing to a long-term deal for Irving, sources said. Many teams around the league are preparing to go after Durant, one of the sport’s elite players, if he is present. “
If the Nets are reluctant to consider a Durant trade, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic has reported that the deal will likely start with what the Pelicans landed to have Anthony Davis in 2019. The Lakers’ big man will be better than any. Which player does the Pelicans score, so it will be interesting to see a hypothetical framework for an LA blockbuster deal.
“As for Durant’s return, I asked a federation source a few days ago about such a deal and the answer was, ‘Look up Anthony Davis’ trade with the Lakers and start there, ‘ ‘Schiffer detailed on June 27.
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